It's like a full time job!

When I made my goals the other day, I noticed that DS puts them down as habits....I surely know that even with my best argument, to keep drinking and smoking I absolutely love the word "habit".  It seems as harmless as chewing your nails, or tapping a pen.  It makes it seems so "little" and "harmless".  The words I don't like when referring to drinking and smoking are; addiction, problem, alcoholic, recovery, detox, damage, cancer......and so on. But that's what it really is, the words I don't like, but I discovered one more that made it a bit more tolerable.
After thinking about it for quite a while, I noticed a posting congratulating someone who quit smoking 18 months ago.  She referred to some parts of the 18 months as being difficult at times and that sometimes she wanted to cry. Some of the postings back to her were "great job", "congratulations", ect.   The word "job" in great job really stuck with me.  Then I realized something.  Quitting smoking is like a job.  I mean let's face it, we have to work it everyday, even Saturday and Sunday.  In fact it's one of the worst jobs ever, especially at first.  When we do a great job, we get respect and nice comments from our co-workers.  Our raise is priceless because it is -life- added on to us.
Just like when we start a new job, it isn't easy.  We don't know what to expect.  We might screw it up (taking a puff or drink), and we usually aren't very happy at the start.  It is a 24/7 job, that we actually need to survive.  Some people don't have as hard of a time doing their job, and then there are the folks that struggle with it everyday, but it is indeed a job.  What's even worse is that we wouldn't even have to have this job if  we never started with the "little habit" in the first place. 
I think as time goes by almost everyone gets good at their job to the point where they don't even have to think about it while working.  I certainly pray that I am extremely good at my job, because I will have it for the rest of my life. I go.