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An Inspiring Moment at the Supermarket

An Inspiring Moment at the Supermarket

My local supermarket was very busy Sunday afternoon, and with relief I found a short line at the checkout counter, just one man. The conveyor belt was piled high with his food. I started taking stock, to decide when to put up the divider and add my food, when I noticed his food was all fruits and vegetables, but mostly fruit. Deciding the mix wasn’t quite right for shopping for a special event, I blurted out “Wow, you have a healthy diet!” He smiled back at me and said two words, and they are an inspiration:

He said, “I’m lucky!”

His answer was instant, there was no dissembling, and he wasn’t being gratuitous in any way. I was so touched at his genuine gratitude for what life has given to him, and at how aware he so obviously was that others are not so lucky.

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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6:29PM PST on Jan 12, 2013

Thanks Annie.

3:57PM PST on Jan 7, 2013


1:18AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Great article! Thanks for sharing!

12:26PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

Thank you! To think about this story can be helpful - sometimes !

8:06PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

some people never understand how lucky they truely are

8:07PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Interesting how different people interpret his response.

2:19PM PST on Nov 16, 2010

Nice. Inspiration can come in many shapes and forms and can be found in a variety of places and locales..even in the supermarket. It's a good place to observe people.

5:32AM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

Thanks for the info.

11:26AM PDT on Oct 15, 2010


11:04AM PDT on Aug 13, 2010

Hmmmm... lucky that he likes fruit? that he has other food staples at home and extra money in his pocket to eat fresh stuff? lucky to have a grocery store nearby that sells fresh (vs. canned) produce? lucky that he knows that cherry, strawberry, and watermelon are flavors that come from plants, not manufacturing plants?

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