Recently Joan overheard a father and daughter speaking to each other in their last moments together at the airport as they had announced the departure. Standing near the security gate, they hugged each other 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 Joan was seated. Standing there she could see he wanted and needed to cry seeing his daughter depart. Joan tried to intrude on his privacy, and he welcomed her by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?” “Yes, she had,” with tears in her eyes but she brushed them off. She then replied. “Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?” “I am very old, and my daughter lives so far away from us. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, the next trip back will be for my funeral”, he said.
“When you were saying good-bye, Joan said, “I heard you say, I wish you enough,” May I ask what that means?” He began to smile gently and said, “That’s a wish that has been handed down from many generations. My parents used to say it to everyone they met.”
He paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he smiled even more and said to Joan, “When we say, I wish you enough, we are always wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.” Then turning towards 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 grey 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 money so that you may learn how to use it with sparingly and not just throw them away.
–I wish you enough loss so that you appreciate all that you possess in life.
–I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
He then began to cry and walked away as there was a final announcement to board the flight. They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but then an entire life to forget them.
Take time out to live your life to the fullest. Life is very beautiful and fleeting. Let us all learn to love each other and be thankful for all the little mercies and grace that is showered on us each and every day.