Quit Date: July 30, 2008
Dale's One Year Milestone
There are two things that come immediately to mind when I think about Dale's involvement with our forumily:
1) The Daily Pledge
Forum members start a thread each morning to pledge their commitment to NOPE, a forum mantra that means Not One Puff Ever. Not only is this pledge a way to solidify our resolve to keep the quit, it is empowering to join hands with others who want the same thing.
Dale quickly picked up on the importance of the daily pledge, and during his first smoke-free year, made a habit of arriving at the forum board bright and early most days to get this thread going for his fellow quitters.
2) "An Educated Quit is a Successful Quit"
I don't know who coined this term, but I do know that when I hear it, I think of Dale. He has championed this philosophy to the point where it has become ingrained in anyone who spends any amount of time at the forum. Along with the fantastic support that we have in abundance within our community, education about this addiction and what to expect as we heal from it is so important - something Dale clued onto very early on in his quit.
"A year ago I said "that's it I quit!" and I had tried so many times but always found myself slipping back into the grips of the Nicodemon after a few days, weeks or months. I came upon this forum by accident or maybe I was guided here from the angels above while searching for something to read in the third week of another attempt to quit."
One of just two male moderators at the forum, Dale is friendly and intent on helping people succeed with cessation. He is quick to congratulate others on their achievements, and always there to lend a helping hand to those who are struggling. Dale is a great guy, and our forumily is lucky to have his calm and steady shoulder to lean on.
You know, while putting these moderator profiles together, I've been struck by just how fortunate I am to have such an outstanding group of forum hosts working with me -- all of whom fully embrace and exemplify the life-saving mission of this forum. We are all fortunate to have these fine people watching over the functioning of our powerful community of winners, and I, for one, have the utmost respect for each and every one of them.