March 21, 2010

March 21, 2010
I Wish You Enough

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and I hope you are having a safe and great weekend. While we are expecting rain later today, the weather this morning in Fort Lauderdale is slightly cloudy and beautiful especially considered to other parts of the country.

After waking up, it was time to give the dogs their bi-weekly baths and then take them for a walk. Some might say my pets are spoiled but I say I provide them the best treatment and care I can. Harley even gets conditioner on her fur since she mats so easily. Sugar and Harley will be going to the groomer after the first of the month. They usually go every other month which is just enough.

Which leads into what I would like to talk about today which is just enough...

Recently I overheard two old friends in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure.

Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the one friend said, 'I love you, and I wish you enough.'

The other replied, 'Our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too,.'

They kissed and the one friend left. The friend left standing there 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 he 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.

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 life to forget them.

* Only if you wish, send this to the people you will never forget and remember to send it back to the person who sent it to you. If you don't send it to anyone it may mean that you are in such a hurry that you have forgotten your friends.

TAKE TIME TO LIVE.... Remember life is not a dress rehearsal.

To all my friends and loved ones, I WISH YOU ENOUGH.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness... and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab