This story came to me over the Internet one day. I've since learned that it was taken from a piece originally written by Bob Perks, and it is reprinted here with his permission. I hope it touches your heart as it does my own:
Recently, I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together [at a regional airport.]
They had announced her departure and standing near the security gate, they hugged and he said, "I love you. I wish you enough." She in turn said,
"Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Daddy."
They kissed and she left. He walked over toward 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 good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?"
"Yes, I have," I replied. Saying that brought back memories I had of expressing my love and appreciation for all my Dad had done for me.
Recognizing that his days were limited, I took the time to tell him face to face how much he meant to me.
So I knew what this man was experiencing.
"Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?" I asked.
"I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, the next trip back would be for my funeral," he said.
"When you were saying good-bye," I asked, "I heard you say, 'I wish you enough.' May I ask what that means?"
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 for a moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, 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," he continued and 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.
"I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
"I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
"I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much 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 'Hello's' to get you through the final 'Goodbye'."
He then began to sob and walked away.
Dear readers, this is my holiday wish for you:
Whatever is beautiful, whatever is meaningful, whatever brings you peace, may it be yours this Holiday Season ~ and may it be enough to sustain you throughout the New Year.
Wishing you peace and healing,
~ ~ ~
You may be interested to learn that Bob's beautiful story has been expanded into a book by the same title. You can read Amazon's description and reviews here: I Wish You Enough: Embracing Life's Most Valuable Moments, One Wish at a Time.
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© by Marty Tousley, RN, MS, FT, BC-TMH
This is a sweet little book with an uplifting message. The page artistry and photographs are gorgeous. This would certainly make a excellent, lovely giftReplyDelete
This is an inspirational gift book that encompasses all of life's moments: Sun, Rain, Happiness, Pain, Gain, Loss, Hellos and Goodbyes. In fact one of the book's first pages is a "To and From" page for easier giving to others.ReplyDelete
The book takes a life moment and gives some inspirational words on the subject, tells several stories on this topic and then ends each story with a bible verse. It is beautifully laid out and very easy to read. Bob Perks does a wonderful job of speaking to the readers heart and a filling that heart with inspiration.