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Friday, March 29, 2013 11:53 PM

The key to solving many our problems is often less complicated than we make it. Sometimes they aren’t problems at all but something we need to experience to grow.

A necessary evil if you will.

I ran this before and I came across it while I was researching for the News Then column that runs each day. I thought it was worth sharing again, this being the season for sacrifice and humility.

“I wish you enough ... ”

I recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced 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 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. 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 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 wants;
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
To all my loved ones, friends and readers: I wish you enough!


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