Yesterday a friend of mine sent me a message saying that i'd inspired him to stop recreational hunting. He's hung his gun up and taken out the firing pin so now it's just 'memerobilia' on his wall.
I've never met this person in real life, we've been talking on the net for about a year, sharing our love of heavy metal music and getting to know each other. All round he's a nice, generous and loyal kind of person. When we were talking about hobbies and he said hunting i said "oh.." and moved along. I never said anything negative about it but when he asked if i'd ever been i said no and gave my reasons in a nice way and we changed topic.
I post a lot of animal cruelty related links, videos, petitions and information on my facebook page, after flicking through a few of them he started asking me questions. Fascinated by my responses, as he'd never been exsposed to these thoughts or way of thinking. He said it opened his eyes and now he feels terrible and will never hunt again.
I feel really good about inspiring someone to change their thinking and lifestyle of their own accord and free will.
Have you ever inspired someone in this way? I'd love to hear your stories