Here’s a Christmas message I received, particularly appropriate to read this time of year when so many expect so much at Christmas, mostly stuff we can do without — when we already have enough.


December 25, 2010


“I wish you enough.”

Written by a lady overhearing (eavesdropping) at an airport:

Recently I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. The airline had announced the plane’s final boarding call.

Standing at the security gate, they hugged and the father said, ‘I love you, and I wish you enough.’

The daughter replied, ‘Dad, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Dad.’

They kissed and the daughter left. The father 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 she 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 he recited the following:

  • I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day appears.

  • 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 started to cry. He walked away.