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Today is December 14th.  I can hardly believe that this year is almost over.  So many things have happened around the world this year and in our individual worlds.  When the clock strikes twelve on December 31st, people all over the world will cheer and wish each other a very Happy New Year.  For some, this event is no more than a change of a calendar.  For others, the New Year symbolizes the beginning of a better tomorrow. 


Every New Year, people make resolutions to change aspects of themselves that they believe are negative.  A majority of people revert back to how they were before and feel like failures.  This year, think about challenging yourself to just be yourself.  Resolve to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made three thousand, six hundred and fifty persons happy. 


Inspirational author, Bob Perks, tells the following story concerning a wish we can all embrace.


  A woman was about to board a flight.  Her father hugged her and said, “I love you and I wish you enough.”  “I love you too, Daddy,” the woman said.   “I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for you.  Your love has always been enough for me.”  They hugged each other tightly.  The daughter held her father’s hands and kissed him on the cheek.  “Daddy, I wish you enough.”


After the woman departed, the man took a seat in the waiting area next to Perks.  “Have you ever said goodbye to someone knowing it would be the last time you’d ever see them?” the man asked Perks.  “Yes,” Perks replied.  “Is this the last time you’ll see her?”  “Yes,” the man said.  “I’m old.  My health is not what it used to be.  She lives so far away – has a family of her own now.  Her next trip back will be for my funeral.” 


“I heard you tell your daughter, “I wish you enough.”  Do you mind my asking what that means?”  “Not at all,” the man said.  He paused for a moment and smiled.  “It’s an expression that’s been used in my family for several generations.  A wish for those you love that they will always have enough of the good things in life to sustain them.”  The man’s eyes swelled with tears.  Before he walked away, he took a deep breath to compose himself.  Then he recited the following wish to Perks:  “I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright, and I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.”


You are surrounded by gifts every living moment of every day.  Let yourself feel appreciation for their presence in your life and take the time to acknowledge their splendor.  As one author wrote, “The greatest events of an age are its best thoughts.  Thought finds its way into action.”


As the holiday seasons unfold for many of you, and as this year makes way for the next, I wish you all “Enough.”