Best wishes! Wishing you a bright and colorful future in which all your dreams come true… all the best! Words and wishes for the best in people’s lives. They are our expressions of our greatest hopes for joy, happiness and success for those whom we touch and serve. We use the word ‘best’ to push the boundaries to the extreme because we care that much.
Yet, there is another wish whose wording is less formidable, but, perhaps, even more powerful in its gifts. The wish is, “I wish you enough…”. Its magic is found in its expression of opposites and the balance it brings. A friend shared with me a story that captures this thought. It took place at an airport between a mother and daughter who were sharing last moments together before the daughter’s departure.
A mother and daughter are in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the 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 a woman was seated. The woman could see she wanted and needed to cry. She tried not to intrude on her privacy, but the mother welcomed her in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?”.
“Yes, I have,” the woman 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’.” the woman said. “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 the woman, she shared the following as if she 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.
She then began to cry and walked away.
The story’s message reminds great leaders of the great value found in the tension of opposites and the power that ‘enough’ has in bringing balance to them. That ‘enough’ is that magical reminder of the gifts you have already achieved, their beautiful value and inestimable worth. We don’t need the world, we just need enough to achieve our purpose and meaning in life. May you remember always Maya Angelou’s words, “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”
To you, my very dear friends, I WISH YOU ENOUGH… always! Your best is yet to come.
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!