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I wish you enough!

Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter’s departure had been announced.

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 sat. 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 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,” 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.”

She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she 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, she shared the following, 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.

She then began to sob and walked away.

My friends, I wish you enough!

Author: Bob Perks
Story submitted by Tina

{ 36 comments… add one }
  • Rahul February 17, 2015, 12:43 am

    I am reading each and every article in this web page.. this page is really inspiring me to overcome all my problems… I love you yaaa… thanks for such nice inspiring stories

  • Elizabeth Njeri January 31, 2015, 1:56 am

    When I completed reading this I was full of tears nice piece love it

  • Gabola August 7, 2014, 5:03 am

    Wishing all my friends and family enough… Very touching and inspiring.

  • David Ochola September 7, 2013, 2:16 am

    I have been encouraged by this story because my friend is about to leave to go and further her studies and this is just enough for her. I WISH YOU ENOUGH MY FRIEND.

  • Xiu Le July 25, 2013, 1:06 am

    This story make me “wake up”. I wish u enough everyone!!!

  • Alyssa June 1, 2013, 1:16 am

    This is a nice story. The mother will die without her daughter by her side saying her last wishes before she dies, that hurts and the daughter will see her mother in the funeral….

  • Catherine Rose May 16, 2013, 2:08 pm

    I was so amazed because way back 3 years ago when I am still a 3rd year high school student..I have a very good and very close math teacher and the time when its already end of his contract in teaching in our school..he gave me apiece that I will never forget before he left our school..at first until now and everytime I will going to read that one, tears will always keep falling on my face because his statement to me when he gave to me that one is ” Cath, always keep this one because this was given to me by someone before when he left me and now Im giving it to you now, please give this one also to someone someday soon that makes your life touched…And you know what up to these years, that piece is still on my cute pocketbook and eventhough I am already a second year college student now…i always look back before and you know what that piece..It”s entitiled..I WISH YOU ENOUGH! thats why Im so shock now that after almost 4 years, I just found this piece on this website….

    I wish you enough everyone!

  • Umrez February 21, 2013, 3:54 pm

    One among the bests . . . Thanks for sharing . . . I wish you enough 🙂

  • Esther February 15, 2013, 2:42 am

    Cute story and educative one, I wish all the readers of this blog ENOUGH!!!

  • Ankita February 12, 2013, 7:28 am

    Every story is awesome… It almost change my life…. nw i knw that I AM ENOUGH…

  • Robert February 7, 2013, 4:16 am

    I wish you enough

  • Stanley February 6, 2013, 1:50 am

    I want to wish all the readers of this site and my family enough!


  • Gracious February 5, 2013, 2:09 am

    “Ever said gd bye to some one knowing tht t will b forever?” This pains my heart alot…it has really inspired me, I like it.

  • Mmalolo February 4, 2013, 1:02 pm

    I wish my family and friends enough, especially my Mum.

  • Madhuri February 4, 2013, 12:15 pm

    Very nice

  • Rhachell Vergel de Dios February 4, 2013, 11:40 am

    I love all your stories. Keep on posting. Let’s aim ENOUGH in life.. 🙂

  • Anoj Agarwala February 4, 2013, 3:05 am

    Excellent (what to say) story or…… I feel these should be told daily in each and every school in this world from a lower class/standard and we would be creating a world of excellent character built personalities.

  • Jithin February 3, 2013, 1:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing this truly inspiring story…

  • Noeme D. Catayas February 2, 2013, 11:16 pm

    Enough is all we ever need in life. Thanks for sharing this truly inspiring story… I wish everyone enough!

  • Muhammad Arsyad February 2, 2013, 9:39 pm

    Nice recount. I’m asking for permission to share it with others.

    Respond: please feel free to share in anyway you see fit. Take care! ~ Stephen

  • Chiboy February 2, 2013, 4:25 pm

    The story is good enough.

  • Jo Ann February 2, 2013, 3:34 am

    Aaaaaaaw so sweet…I like

  • Aye Chan Aung February 2, 2013, 1:47 am

    I love your story deeply:)… I wish you all enough:)

  • Shivani Sharma February 2, 2013, 1:39 am

    Every culture propounds its values through best possible local narratives…..values are still universal to be taken joy of…this ENOUGH will always be enjoyed as a ready reference for my life to come…thanx for sharing a meaningful thought.

  • Purushottam February 2, 2013, 1:16 am

    Great. Keep on posting such stories. I wish enough to all my near & dear ones.

  • Mukesh February 2, 2013, 1:14 am

    I wish you all, family and everyone enough….!

  • Aayesha February 2, 2013, 12:29 am

    It’s really gd story I wish frnds n family enough I lv all ur stories. Keep going……

  • Asheet February 2, 2013, 12:19 am

    Hey….you really made me cry……it’s good, good…and very good …..I wish enough peace, happiness and lots of love to the whole world.

  • Hildebrando Ortega February 1, 2013, 5:48 pm

    Stories always never fail to remind me many things which I hold dearest to my heart..my family…faith…friends…work…and I’m grateful that I’m always constantly reminded to reflect on the things that anchor my being…

  • Benny February 1, 2013, 3:40 pm

    Enough is what we should aim at in life… let’s love enough. Thanks for reminding me of my enoughs to others. Nice story indeed.

  • Licia February 1, 2013, 3:05 pm

    Wonderful story.

  • Rohan February 1, 2013, 2:43 pm

    I wish you enough !!! Thanx for such nice story… I love this website … keep it up enough….!!!

  • Vinz February 1, 2013, 2:25 pm

    :@ I hate sad endings but hy good story.

  • Adesho February 1, 2013, 2:15 pm

    Awwwwnnn!!! That’s so sweet!!! Lov d poem a lot. Itz really moving.

  • Trey February 1, 2013, 12:50 pm

    Nice 1..I love all your stories.

  • Joan February 1, 2013, 11:39 am

    I wish my friends, family and everyone enough….!
    Nice piece.

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