Thursday, August 7, 2008

I wish you enough.....

Tonight, during the thunderstorm with the sky still flashing and thunder still rumbling, two brilliant rainbows decorated the sky...a reminder that no matter how turbulant it may seem, there is still beauty around you if you know where to look.
I don't know who to give credit for this story I am sharing to. I received it as a forwarded email from my friend Pam, but I do not know who originally wrote it. I found it worth sharing. I hope you all think so, too...
Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure.

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

The daughter replied, 'Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom'.

They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see she wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking , 'Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?'.

Yes, I have,' I replied. 'Forgive me for asking,
but why is this a forever good-bye?'.

'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,' she said.

'When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say , 'I wish you enough'. May I ask what that means?'.

She began to smile. 'That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone'. She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she 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, she shared the following as if she 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 good-bye.

She then began to cry and walked away.

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.

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