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Enter at the pearly gates

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Apr 29, 2015

GSGLife Founding Instructor Julie Shupe, in Ogden, texted me last week,a photo of a check to me personally, for $60. She said, call me when you get a minute, I have a great story.

She said that this lovely lady, Janice, had attended a class Julie taught. Julie bragged to her class that she knows me well, as she talked about changes in her family’s life as a result of incorporating the great habits in the GSG Detox and 12 Steps to Whole Foods. Afterwards Janice approached her. “How WELL do you know Robyn?” And Julie said, “Well, I’m on a texting basis with her!”

Janice said, “I’ve been following GreenSmoothieGirl for many years. I bought a 12 Steps to Whole Foods manual years ago, and when it arrived, it was a little bit bent. I contacted Customer Support, and they sent me a new one and asked me to return the bent one. But my son came over and wanted it. He said he didn’t care if it was a little bent. So I gave it to him and he paid
me for it.”

“I’ve owed Robyn this money for a long time. I don’t want to just mail it in, because I don’t know if she’ll actually see it. I want to be forgiven, because I want to enter at the pearly gates some day and this has been weighing on my conscience.”

I laughed, hearing the story. And texted the photo to all GSG employees. We’d had some strange things happen that week, and I wanted to remind them of one important thing:

We love GreenSmoothieGirl readers. They are really special. They are a cut above. And our whole existence is to serve. I never thought, in 2007, that my little website would get 8 million page views per year on the Internet. Nor that I’d speak in 88 cities in 2014. My career has been a dream come true, that I get to do something that makes a difference in people’s lives. (We have lots of great plans, too. In July, the whole site will be overhauled, to be blog centric, and much more beautiful and updated. We are developing some exciting things and want to enrich life far beyond that
first step, the green smoothie.)

The funny thing is, this isn’t the first time this has happened. Once I got a check and an apology note, years later, for a book someone accidentally took home from a class, that was a display. Another time I heard a story much like Janice’s, someone who kept a product and guilt ate her up for years.

It makes me think so highly of my readers. If they think this tiny “sin of omission” will keep them out of heaven, as far as I’m concerned, while I’m not the one awarding those spots, they’re already in.

I love you all. Thank you for supporting the GreenSmoothieGirl mission, educating and empowering people in taking America back from the Standard American Diet.

Posted in: Green Smoothies, News, Reader Letters

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