That's the title of the very small link that appears in my signature at the bottom of every one of my posts at a sports forum I've been frequenting for 4 years now. Nothing overbearing. No special images or flashy colors. Just a size 1 link that says "Quit Smoking" and links to WhyQuit.com.
It's been there for a while, and I never really knew how many people had ever clicked on it, or if, better yet, someone had clicked it and ended up quitting with the help of Freedom/WhyQuit. Until last June that is, when a long-time poster sent me a private message thanking me for having the link in my signature, and letting me know that he was quitting.
I was ecstatic. I spent some time offline with him, pointing him to some information that I knew would be applicable to him, and urged him to continue reading here, and learn as much as he could. I have no idea if he ever joined here, or just lurked and learned. The important thing is, six months later (a few days ago), I asked him if he was celebrating six months quit. His response:
"Heck yeah! I feel like I'm out of the woods Cravings are practically gone. When I get one, my response is sort of "Hmmm? Oh yeah, I used to be a smoker."
Never take another puff! Thanks again, and never take that link out of your sig! Maybe I should do the same."
Putting that link in my signature took 30 seconds of my time. But with every post I make on that forum, a small beacon is lit that may be what enables one more person to free themselves from this wretched addiction.
So, I guess what I'm hinting at is the question: How many of you participate in other online worlds, and have the opportunity to, through an almost effortless gesture, provide a similar beacon? Somewhere out there, there's a person whose early death or disfigurement may be prevented by that beacon. Give it a thought.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Bob (creeping up on 5 years free)