Monday, 6 February 2017

I Wish....

Every now and then I see a poem that is old but deeply meaningful.  The intent of the words is to convey a message of great sincerity.  Today is another one of those days where there words were particularly poignant and definitely brought  tears to my eyes.  I would go so far has to say that I had great difficulty reading the words as they hit profoundly.  Perhaps it hit hard because I have an aging parent and she has been very ill, perhaps it hit hard because there is a great physical distance and one never knows when it will be the last visit or telephone conversation, and perhaps the why is really most irrelevant.   We have all had to face those final good byes with only memories to sustain us and see us through the difficult times.

The poem, I wish you enough  (Bob Perks), stems from an Irish blessing and speaks to us on so many levels.  It is not only about good byes but wishig goodness and beauty on others.    In light of the turmoil the whole world seems to be experiencing, the impact of the political negativity that is sprouted nearly everywhere and the hatred that seems to be overflowing in our society then perhaps it is not too timely a reminder for us all to have good thoughts and wishes for every person, even those we have yet to meet.  Is that wishful thinking on my part?  Absolutely!  But despite the harsh political climes that we may currently be living with we have not been given a free pass to say and do as we please with no thought to the consequences.  By nature I am not a particularly political person but I find myself severely challenged and drawn into conversations that can quickly become heated as strong opinions exist on all sides.  There is, unfortunately, no simple solution to where we seem to be heading.  So perhaps the timely retelling of such poems and stories are a reminder to us all to be kinder, gentler persons.

I wish you enough
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how grey 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.

(The copyright for this poem belongs to the author: Bob Perkins)

 I am also sure that others are similarly impacted by the beauty of a story or a poem that for one reason or another becomes deeply personal, worth sharing and retelling.  So today I wish you enough, enough of whatever it is you need to overcome obstacles, hatred, uncertainty, fear.  I wish you enough of whatever you need to feel like celebrating, experience joy, smile.

I simply wish you ....enough!


  1. Karen, It is a beautiful blessing to receive the poem that you forwarded to me,as well as your thoughts on our present world experiences. We need more reminders of the possibilities we have of spreading goodness and light to those around us. I enjoy your sharing very much