Friday, September 15, 2006

One Day At a Time

I have this trick I like to play on myself.

When I crave a cigarette, I tell myself I can have one. Tomorrow.

I give myself permission to buy a pack of cigarettes the next morning. I tell myself tomorrow I can smoke three packs if I want. And I’m not lying to myself. I can. My choice.

And this knowledge about tomorrow makes me feel more relaxed. I can let go now and just enjoy the rest of the night because tomorrow I can smoke.

And when I wake up in the morning, stretch and yawn and begin my cravings, I do it again. I say, “You only have to give it up for 24 hours. You can do anything for 24 hours. And tomorrow, you can smoke if you want.” Because I can.

It’s my choice.

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