It was a great week for friendship!
My new found on-line friends did a wonderful job of supporting me while I struggled through my 4th week of not smoking. This past week was made more difficult because it was my first week totally nicotine free.
I continue to be stunned at the power of the addiction and how often I have to reframe my thinking. As if, by rote, my mind will say “ok, time to go and sit down and have a cigarette” which really means “you are tired – go and sit for a while”.
My on-line support team has been awesome! They made me smile everyday with their unconditional support and tips on how to cope. I felt guilty about not putting up enough ‘material’ on the YouTube site this month only to have people write and thank me for the inspiration! It is always so rewarding to know that the viewers are so interested in my real life rather than just the persona. It makes being real so much easier.
The other gift of friendship came from my friend, Lori. She knows I have been struggling with the grocery cupboard since I had to take so much out when I put in the new appliances. Lori came over yesterday and the two of us pulled everything out of the grocery cupboard and reassessed its value and its positioning in the house.
For example, we moved a whole collection of paper napkins from taking up space in the kitchen to a free space in the dining room. We threw a lot away, of course. It is so much easier to do that when someone is looking at you with that “really?????” look. I am sure you know that look. Lori does it that look nearly as well as my long departed mother!!
What was so surprising was, by the time we had finished, that we ended up with LESS in the cupboard than when we started! That seemed strange because we cleared four boxes of things fro the dining room that had been waiting for new homes. The space saver turned out to be this…
The units came from WalMart and the “boxes” come from my local Safeway – they are the containers they encourage you to use instead of plastic bags. Of course, you are meant to reuse them but I found that they are just great for getting organized. I must have about 2 dozen now and still keep bringing a couple more home every two weeks!!
Lesson learned: It is so much easier to get things done, keep your commitments and make a difference with a little help from your friends.
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