I Wish You Enough

Loyal reader Ron sent me these inspiring thoughts and I want to share them with you.

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 “Goodbye.”

(From Bob Perks, “I Wish You Enough!”  2001 )

If I remember correctly, Ron is from Canada. Happy Thanksgiving to him and our other Canadian readers!


  1. Ron says

    Hi Folks,

    Eric, Tim and Angela, thank you for the additions, and the related link to the “I Wish You Enough” poem Father Paul posted after I emailed it to him. I am chewing them up and internalizing them.

    You are right Father Paul, I am from Edmonton, Canada. We have been enjoying a long beautiful fall up here, with temperatures in the mid-seventies.

    Having just emerged from that horrible state a “cold” can put you in, I am thinking especially about this line: “I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.”

    When I get a cold, cough, sneeze and go through boxes and boxes of Kleenex, it is indeed a great joy to start feeling healthy again. I felt so sick for the last four days that I simply dug a dark hole to hide in and slept fourteen to sixteen hours a day, losing interest in everything I ordinarily do on a daily basis. Now, Eric, feeling over the worst of the cold, I am finding it easier to feel “gratitude for what [I] do have…” that being the regaining of some measure of feeling healthy again and wanting to see what PFO has been up to while I was in my dark place.

    It is always a joy to get back here.

    A belated “Happy Thanksgiving” to all of you, my treasured American neighbors. Peace be with you all, on the wings of a song and a prayer, Ron

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