I have to share this story that was posted on facebook. It is truly beautiful and I believe it holds a lot of what I believe that freedom entails:
I WISH YOU ENOUGH
“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 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. And an entire life to forget them.
Please Share this with your friends. It has the potential to inspire a lot of people.
Be Blessed Of Divine Light.
— with Veena Rajyah.
I would like to put that verse to memory. Indeed it needs to be put to music. This story has given me an extended understanding to the phrase sufficient for ones needs.
We have come to earth not to have wealth or popularity or power but to understand life with its highs and lows and give all that we have back to God by lifting others along the path. We cannot do this if we do not take care of our own needs so that we maintain our own strength. It seems that along with the “enough” that we receive that we have just a bit extra of this or that so that we might share it and lift another. This is where heaven and earth meet and the love of God sends it warming rays and lifts us into eternal life.