Tonight I was browsing through some of my favorite blogger’s posts and came across a blog called Simply Plaid
I don’t normally like to repost other writer’s work, but this story was so moving to me. Please read on, and if you like it, please hop on over to Simply Plaid and let them know how much you appreciated it.
“Recently I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments 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 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,’ he said. ‘When you were saying good-bye, 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 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 good-bye. He then began to cry and walked away.”
To me, this is perfection. Often times in our lives, we find ourselves trying so hard to have or be the best. I think we forget that too much of anything can be a bad thing. I won’t sit here and tell you that too much love can be hazardous, because well, I simply don’t believe it. However, when you think of some of the pitfalls our relationships fall in to, in a lot of cases it’s because we either have too much, or want to much.
Be happy with what you have. Live simply. Live for love. And if the person you’re with doesn’t want to share in your simple life, then maybe they’re just not supposed to be in it. Be that person who just has enough, and dedicate the rest of your energy to helping others obtain the same comfort.
For now, fellow readers and writers, I wish you enough. May you always find that balance.