OT: Do you have enough?

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OT: Do you have enough?
Mon, 04-07-2003 - 3:23pm
I received this e-mail today & it so completely embodies my view of life I had to pass it on.


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 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. Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever

goodbye?" 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 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,


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

"Hellos' to get you through the final "Good-bye".

He then began to sob and walked away.

My friends and loved ones, I wish you ENOUGH!!!!

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 lifetime to forget them."


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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 3:29pm
That's so beautiful.....and so painful at the same time. (n/t)
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Registered: 03-20-2003
Mon, 04-07-2003 - 3:35pm
I wish you enough, too. (nt)