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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Why the Pharmacist Made Me Cry

If you know me well, you understand that I lean toward the side of alternative medicine, i.e. natural ways to stay healthy. We use essential oils, herbs, and home remedies, not to mention preventative measures like healthy food choices and habits.

But sometimes we find our backs against the wall.

This past week has been one of those times. An ER visit for my husband left us in need of some OTC meds and prescriptions, which sent me to the pharmacy multiple times. And as you have probably surmised, I'm a little leery about the drug store scene.

So, I asked a few questions.

The pharmacist not only answered them, but offered practical, useful information. In the midst of the flurry of her busy afternoon, she took her time, looked me in the eye, and encouraged me to call if I had any more questions. She treated me like an important part of her day. It meant the world to me, by that time a little frazzled and more than  exhausted.

I can hold up under duress for a long time but let someone express kindness, and I might find myself in tears. Like when I drove out of the parking lot that day. 

When in a quandary about whether we should even go to the ER, I called a nurse friend whose words soothed my worries and offered a logical plan of action. I blinked back the tears then, too.

Kindness. It made all the difference in my day.

What stories can you tell of kindnesses, large and small, that turned your day around?


  1. A store clerk I know blessed me today by throwing in an extra quarter so I'd have enough cash left for a special event I want to go to this weekend. I could see God in it because of the connection that was made through it as well as in other ways. There was a spring in my step when I left the store! Thank you for sharing, Sarah. Making a difference in other people's lives is rewarding. Sometimes we're surprised when others do it for us. That's rewarding, too!

    1. Great story, Dawn. And you're right. Kindness goes both ways. Blessings . . . and enjoy your special event this weekend!

  2. Oh Sarah! I identify with your feelings. So glad you found a caring pharmacist. Kindness makes all the difference.

  3. Loved this post, Sarah. A pertinent reminder of how the kindnesses we give can have an impact on people that we're never even aware of. They are the love of God in action.