“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”
I think one of our great problems is that we are not satisfied with what is enough. It seems like we are always stretching for more seldom taking the time to recognize that most of us have enough. As I was looking in my archive for something to write today I found this story that an old friend sent me some time ago. It again reminded me that when we have enough the more we are rewarded by being able to appreciate the world around us and the people that are in it. When you realize you have enough you will be amazed by how much there is left for you to discover. Here is the gift that my friend shared with me:
I overheard a mother and daughter 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 I was seated. 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 s he 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 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.
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.
“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching.”
On their 40th wedding anniversary and during the banquet celebrating it, Tom was asked to give his friends a brief account of the benefits of a marriage of such long duration.
"Tell us Tom, just what is it you have learned from all those wonderful years with your wife?"
Tom responds, "Well, I’ve learned that marriage is the best teacher of all. It teaches you loyalty, forbearance, meekness, self-restraint, forgiveness — and a great many other qualities you wouldn’t have needed if you’d stayed single."
A man goes into a bar and seats himself on a stool. The bartender looks at him and says, "What’ll it be buddy?"
The man says, "Set me up with seven whiskey shots and make them doubles." The bartender does this and watches the man slug one down, then the next, then the next, and so on until all seven are gone almost as quickly as they were served. Staring in disbelief, the bartender asks why he’s doing all this drinking.
"You’d drink them this fast too if you had what I have."
The bartender hastily asks, "What do you have pal?"
The man quickly replies, "I have a dollar."
The expression of gratitude is a powerful force that generates even more of what we have already received.
Patient: My wife beats me, doctor.
Doctor: Oh dear. How often?
Patient: Every time we play Scrabble!
I’m addicted to placebos. I’d give them up, but it wouldn’ make any difference.
At the pub, a little guy exchanged words with a big bald guy, and it looked like they were about to go to blows.
"You’ve got a lot of nerve for such a shrimp!" snarled the big guy.
"Look, you big jerk," barked the little blonde guy, "I’m not scared of anybody, or anything! I come from a long line of jumpers. My great-grandfather jumped with no parachute from a balloon. My grand-father jumped without a ‘chute from a biplane. My mother and father both jumped from a jet. And tomorrow, I jump from a rocket!"
"You’re crazy, you little twerp," said the big guy. "You could be killed!"
"So what?" said the little guy. "I have no family…"
Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.
As a concierge at a posh resort, I was often asked about the ski facilities. One day, a couple who had just checked in after a long flight came by and asked me where the lift was.
"Go out the door," I told them, "past the pool, 200 yards down the block and you’ll see it on your right."
Their tired faces suddenly looked even more exhausted, until the man behind them spoke up.
"They’re from England," he said. "I think they’re looking for the elevator."
Question authority, but not mine.
After our friend Tom had been a temporary Bachelor for several weeks, we stopped by his Home to visit him. My wife asked if he was eating Properly. "Well, I do eat a lot of dog food," Tom Told her.
"Dog food!" my wife exclaimed, horrified. "I can’t believe you would be eating anything Like that!"
"Come to the kitchen and I’ll show you," Tom replied.
Opening the refrigerator door, He waved his hand at a row of doggie bags from half of the restaurants in town.
Gratitude opens our minds and hearts. It instantly connects us to the present moment. Plus, it feels absolutely wonderful. The fact that gratitude is so easy to come by gives us one more reason to be grateful.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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