I got to thinking about the last time I made the choice to have "just one" cigarette. I was dealing with some very emotional stuff and my stinkin' thinkin' convinced me I could have "just one" cigarette to get through it.
This came at a time when I had quit for 13 years. THIRTEEN YEARS.
So the stuff happened, and I caved, and I had "just one." You know the next part of the story. One turned into two, two turned into half a pack, half a pack turned into a pack, and "just one" turned into becoming a pack a day smoker for the next six years.
So…how much did "just one" cigarette cost? At the time, I though it would cost $5 or so for a pack of smokes.
But that's inaccurate. "Just one" cigarette cost nearly $11,000 over the next six years.
Was it worth it? The emotional crisis passed in a few days or weeks. The damage to my self-esteem lasted six years.
No matter how good it feels in the moment, they don't make a cigarette that's worth $11,000. Never have, never will.
Next time you're tempted to have "just one," calculate the true cost. Wish I'd done that almost eight years ago.