Sunday, December 30, 2007

If I Could Get The Chance

If I could get the chance to say one thing to one person, it would be...

Dear Man At The Gas Station,

You have managed to change my life. On the Friday afternoon, the day after Thanksgiving, I ran into you at the Shell Gas Station while paying for my gas before leaving town for a weekend up in Chicago. I was also paying for cigarettes. You made a joke about saving a lot of money if I would just quit. We laughed and then you told me that the only reason you made the comment was because you had quit a month ago on Chantix. You changed my life that day.

You see, I had been looking into the drug for sometime now, but had never had the opportunity to ask someone who was actually taking it about the side effects. When you told me that you hadn't had any and that if you did, they would be better than dying, you triggered something deep inside me.

The following Monday when I arrived back in town, I called my doctor first thing and asked for a prescription for the Chantix. I have now been smoke free for 26 days and never before imagined that it could be this easy. You told me that it would be and you were right. Never before would I have believed that a stranger could have such a big impact in my life and I hope to have the chance to have an impact like that on someone else some day.

Thank you. I will now live a healthier, smoke free life. A life where I'll get to see my children grow up, get married and have kids of their own. As I approach my one month anniversary of being a nonsmoker, I'll think of you and wish you luck that you're still doing well, too.

Thank you,


If you had the chance to say something to one person, what would it be?


Mz Diva said...

Damn girl, that was deep! Its amazing how God puts the right people in our lives at the right time huh? Now I need to think about who the the one person is and what I would say. There are lots and narrowing it down to one is gonna be difficult! My life has been touched by many people! I think I will post a blog about it later. Just know you touched me with this.

lynda w said...

Every now and then I come up with a good one. Usually it's just the day to day stuff that comes out of my

maggie said...

Lynda, wow. That's awesome. Do you ever go to that same gas station? I'm sure the guy would *love* to know that he may very well have saved a life - nothing cooler than that.

Brandie said...

Beautiful! I agree, make sure to pass that along to the guy if you ever see him again. Also, leave that advice with a random person, just like he did to you.

lynda w said...

I do still go there, but I rarely go in anymore. Our local newspaper has a section called "Random Acts Of Kindness". I'm going to submit the letter there and hope maybe it'll get published.

MamaFlo said...

Lynda, How beautiful, it's really too bad you can't say that to the man at the service station.
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