written in response to a post on one of the message boards at freedom from smoking (originally posted on march 13, 2002); this tale talks about the power of repeated conscious choice.

silencing the inner voice

2009 February 9

as to silencing the inner voice: the secret is repeated conscious choice:

every morning you get up and consciously choose not to smoke today, you're drawing the saw across the log. keep doing that, and you'll reach the other side.

if you draw a saw across a log one time, you may make a scratch in the bark.

if you draw it across the log a few more times you may scratch the surface of the wood.

if you keep drawing the saw across the same place on the log, the scratch will get deeper, until it becomes a cut, then a groove...

if you keep on drawing the saw across the log, beyond counting the number of times, eventually you'll draw it clear through to the other side.

every morning you get up and consciously choose not to smoke today, you're drawing the saw across the log. keep doing that, and you'll reach the other side.

keep sawing.

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  1. 2007 January 31
    ichoselife39 aka Susan permalink

    I like this one! " one day at a time" It does have a way of making goal attainable THANK YOU!

  2. 2008 April 16
    linda permalink

    Just read this its very true day 107 for me hope im almost half way though the tree. HEHE Thanks. Linda xxx Ps my sons an alcholic and been dry for 83 days going to tell him this later

  3. 2009 February 9

    note: the comments above were left on the original tale at the date and time indicated.

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