“I wish you enough…”

I fell into a watching a video on social media that was doing the rounds again this week. It’s a beautiful concept that was originally published as a story by Bob Perks.

Through a series of eight short stories, everyday people are inspired not to take the world around them for granted.

The video repackaged a story about an old parent saying goodbye to their child at the airport, possibly for the last time. As they said goodbye the parent said:

‘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 so 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 goodbye.’

Life isn’t always sunshine, butterflies and laughter.

In the grind of our daily lives, we can fall into the trap of always wanting more and taking positives for granted. We wake up tired, never reach the end of our to-do lists, and want everything to be perfect – all the time.

Life doesn’t work that way.

Sometimes, when my mood is dark and I can’t shake it; when hour’s drag and light doesn’t arrive, I remember this beautiful poem.

When life weighs heavy, I hold onto the knowledge that I’ll appreciate the sun even more when it comes.

I’ve been swallowed up in darkness many times before; it does pass.

When you’re drowning in it, and the world feels heavy and harsh, hold on. Keep breathing, keep walking, keep sleeping, keep trucking and hang onto hope. There is always hope.

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* There’s more to Bob Perk’s story, you can read it here: http://www.bobperks.com/-bob-s-signature-story-.html