Stories of Kindness from Around the World

I Wish You Enough

--by brighteyes, posted May 10, 2007
At an airport I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her plane's departure and standing near the door, he said to his daughter, "I love you, I wish you enough."

She 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 good-bye 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, her 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 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 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 enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Good-bye."

He then began to sob and walked away.

[ Original story by Bob Perks, in Chicken Soup For the Grieving Soul ]

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Readers Comments

MasterEgg46 wrote: Wow. So many comments from chicken soup saga. Excellent read of course
Drewtopian_1 wrote: That's a beautiful way to bid somebody farewell.
kristinekberg wrote: Wonderful story. This really hit home for me. In arranging a visit to my father who lives cross country from me. He is currently in a memory care facility.
Donna J Messier wrote: In my past nothing was ever enough. I always wanted more, or better, or just different. Now i know that i am enough just as i am, and that i have enough to thrive in life. Thank you for that understanding. I pray that everyone finds enough.
Jackaero wrote: One of the best story i have ever read here.

Wishing everyone enough.
Drewtopian_1 wrote: I wish all of us enough!
brooke wrote: Gorgeous
Khai wrote: Love it! Cool yeah very kind
Steve Patrick wrote: Thank you for posting this story! It carries such a deep message. A couple of days ago i noticed my egoic mind bragging about something it knew or something it had already done. It occurred to me that every thought of that kind goes against the basic truth that i am enough. Somehow that pointer-thought shined light on my self-boosting mind messages as resistant to the fact that i am enough, you are enough, life is enough.

P . S . If you would like a gift-copy of a book about quieting the noisy mind and taking thoughts less seriously, send an email to steve@wholeofthewhole. Com. If you are in the usa, i will pay postage. If outside of us, i'll need a little help with postage.
Sandra wrote: I often 'save' touchiing, meaningful messages - must have done so for this one too. As i was reading this kindspring message posted by brighteyes, i kept thinking about bob perks because he used to say that in his web messages - how wonderful that it actually was originally written by him. I so miss his emails so much - he poured out his feelings and kindness to so many. Thank you brighteyes for bringing this message back into the forefront of my attention. I wish you enough.

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