Saturday, October 9, 2010

I Wish You Enough!


I received the following story through an e-mail and I want to pass it on.......

Recently I overheard a Father and a Daughter in their last moment together at the airport.

They had announced the departure.

Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the Father said, "I love you, and I wish you enough."

The Daughter replied, "Dad, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough too, Dad."

They kissed and the Daughter left.

The Father walked over to the window where I was seated.

Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry.

I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say goodbye to someone, knowing that it would be forever?"

"Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever goodbye?"

"I am old, and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is − the next trip back will be for my funeral," he said.

"When you were saying goodbye, I heard you say, 'I wish you enough.' May I ask what does that mean?"

He began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone."

He paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he smiled even more.

"When we said, 'I wish you enough’, we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them."

Then turning toward me, he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.

"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear."

"I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more."

"I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting."

"I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger."

"I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting."

"I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess."

"I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final goodbye."

He then began to cry and walked away.......

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They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but an entire life to forget them.

To all my friends and loved ones, I WISH YOU ENOUGH.

3 comments:

Khaye said...

I wish you enough as well... It's true, we don't need more neither do we have to settle for less. We need just "enough"

Sandee said...

I wish you enough too. That was awesome.

Have a terrific day. :)

Isolated Existence. said...

Beautiful story. I posted it on my blog and gave some link love. Have a nice day! :-)