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    Feeling uplifted

    Saturday, May 31, 2008, 1:43 AM [General]

    The last few weeks, I have been feeling very down about things.  I've been trying desperately to quit smoking, with out much luck.  I've cut down quite a bit, but I can only seem to quit for a few days at a time.  This has been a very stressful period in my life, because I am in the process of helping my man get his new business of the ground, as well as trying to convince my mentally troubled son to get the help that he so desperately needs.  I guess i just picked a bad time to quit.  And then, after being away from B-net for about 3 weeks, I decided to log on to see how everyone was doing and catch up on whatever i had missed, and what did I find?  My own face staring back at me from the main community page!!  Very disconcerting to say the least!  There I was, with a caption asking B-net users to help me quit smoking.  Wow!  I was just about ready to give up on the quitting idea.  The powers that be had a different agenda, apparently.  So, being inspired by this new development, I decided to start a group, with the intent of helping others like me, who really want to quit, but have just about given up.  It has given me a whole new outlook on things.  And I never expected such a great response!  Smokers, non-smokers, and ex-smokers have all rallied to this cause!  It's a very encouraging situation, and I am hoping to return these wonderful feelings to those of this group who need it the most.  It's amazing to me to discover, that at one of the times in my life when I was feeling the most alone, I was just a click away from being surrounded by loving and caring, compassionate people.  This place just keeps getting better and better.  Thanks B-net!  I think I'll stick around for awhile.Laughing
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    When was the last time I cried

    Friday, April 18, 2008, 2:30 PM [General]

    Well, believe it or not, it was just about a week ago when I quit smoking.  I was throwing all my assorted paraphenalia away, and I was overcome by sadness, almost as if I had lost my best friend.  I know that sounds strange, that I could be overwhelmed by emotion, giving up something that was essentially bad for me, but it really did feel like I was closing the door on a very long chapter of my life.  Very similar to ending a relationship.  Smoking was such an integral part of my life, and giving it up was like losing a part of myself.  Regardless of how anyone else sees it, that day was both one of the saddest, and one of the happiest days of my life.  It has been worth every tear.Smile
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    Quit Smoking!

    Friday, April 11, 2008, 6:06 PM [General]

    Well, I quit smoking about 5 days ago, and I'll be honest....it has been a challenging and enlightening experience.  I went cold turkey, and it's been tough, but I found some very supportive people here, both in the forums and in some of the groups I belong to.  All in all, I would say, things are looking much better than the last 4 times i tried to quit.  Here's hoping it sticks. 

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    Feeling very spiritual

    Saturday, March 8, 2008, 2:33 PM [General]

    When I first joined this site, I was feeling very disconnected from myself and pretty much the whole human race.  Now that I've spent some time here and gotten settled in I have noticed that a profound change is taking place in my life.  I have focused a great deal on the spiritual aspects of my life, and although I still haven't settled on one specific aspect, I do feel as though I am making positive forward progression in many areas.  Overall, my whole attitude in general is taking a positive turn, and as I am usually a pessimist, I would say this is definitely progress.  Opening up to the people I have met, whether thru groups, forums or private communication has greatly helped in this area.   It is such a relief to be able to ask questions and state opinions in an open and honest way, and receive the same in return, and without judgement.  Who could ask for anything more?  PeaceSmile
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    Every Day Dawns Brighter Than The One Before

    Monday, February 18, 2008, 12:05 PM [General]

    I can't begin to tell you the difference being a member of this community has made in my life. Thru the advice and encouragement of the friends I have made here, as well as complete strangers in the forums, I have begun making positive changes in my life. Some of these changes include rediscovering my yoga and meditation practices,(oh, how I missed these essentials!), finding a doctor who listens to me and is willing to work with me in regards to my health and well being. Also, I have begun making changes in my diet(like actually eating), incorporating good for me foods and getting rid of the feel good right now foods. I have started believing in angels, in part because I have met so mnay real life angels here, but also because I have begun to feel a new guidance with in me that I never noticed before. I guess that's what happens when you open yourself up to the beauty that surrounds us all. Most importantly I have found a new appreciation for myself and who I am becoming. It grows and evolves everyday and I am eternally gratefull for the inspiration I have received here. Blessings to you all. Shelly
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