Her text message.

A really good friend sent me a text message.  There was a word doc attached and she basically said to read it at my own risk because I was sure to cry.  My father told me last night that as we get older the tears flow a bit easier.  I’m thinking that’s going to be a problem for me when I’m already crying so much at this young age!

I want to give you an excerpt of this message because it’s a good reminder as we start the week.  Here’s the story she sent me:

At an airport I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together. They’d announced her plane’s departure and standing near the door, she said to her daughter, “I love you, I wish you enough.”

She said, “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. A stranger saw the exchange and asked the mom about it.

The mother asked the stranger if she’d ever said good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever.  The stranger asked why the good-bye was forever.  The mother said,

“I’m old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, her next trip back will be for my funeral.”  The stranger then asked about the significance of “I wish you enough.”

The mother said, “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.”  The mom paused and then with a smile finished, “When we said ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with enough good things to sustain them.  Like,

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 enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Good-bye..”

Beautiful.

Friends, I buzzed through my weekend.  Did I say something like this to my children or the people I was with?  I’m sure not.

I have a few close friends who have either recently left us or who are struggling with a loved one doing the same.  And even if we’re all going to be here for a lot longer — it’s an easy thing to say and we should be thankful that we have time to say it over and over again.

So, I want to wish you all enough love today to put a smile on your face.

I’ll make sure I text it to my kids!  🙂

Have an amazing one!

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