To the Strangers in Whole Foods



We stumbled upon this amazing post by Deborah Greene, a contributor for The Mighty, a website that helps users “face disability, disease, and mental illness together.” In the piece she pens a letter to the strangers in Whole Foods who comforted her and surrounded her with love and grace when she received a phone call with the heartbreaking news that her father had committed suicide. Greene expresses her gratitude for these people, these total strangers, who rallied around her during her time of need:

“If it were not for you, I don’t know what I would’ve done in those first raw moments of overwhelming shock, anguish, and grief. But I thank God every day I didn’t have to find out. Your kindness, your compassion, your willingness to help a stranger in need have stayed with me until this day. And no matter how many times my mind takes me back to that horrible life-altering moment, it is not all darkness. Because you reached out to help, you offered a ray of light in the bleakest moment I’ve ever endured. You may not remember it. You may not remember me. But I will never, ever forget you. And though you may never know it, I give thanks for your presence and humanity each and every day.”

Greene’s honest, beautiful piece reminds us that we have a chance to serve others around us every single day, whether they are dear friends or strangers. Take the time out this week to open your eyes to those around you, observing where you may be able to meet a need or fill a gap for someone who is grieving. Thank you for inspiring us all, Deborah Greene.

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