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.

By Annie B. Bond


Tim C.
Tim C5 years ago

Thanks Annie.

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Great article! Thanks for sharing!

Waltraud U.
Waltraud U6 years ago

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

Rita Galloway
Rita Galloway6 years ago

some people never understand how lucky they truely are

Suzanne Loewen
Suzanne L6 years ago

Interesting how different people interpret his response.

Robert O.
Robert O7 years ago

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.

Bon L.
Bon L7 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Jonh Doe
7 years ago


Sailor H.
Past Member 7 years ago

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?