As I follow this path my life is leading me along, as I relearn how to live a life without a full-time partner, I know that I am blessed in many ways. The outpouring of support, kind words, hugs (virtual and real), the reacknowledgment that life is full of love and friendship, that people are, after all, good – I could ask for no more. I have, nearby, my kids whose physical presence is limited but whose love will always be with me, and a network of friends that are more giving and loving than I could ever expect. I have a roof and skies of blue or twinkling with stars over my head, the sun shining through my windows, the warmth of my furry girls. I could ask for no more.
Today I received in the mail a gift I shall treasure for the rest of my days – a 2014 calendar created in a collaboration of father and daughter, a family who have been dear friends for more years than my children have been in my life – the calendar consisting of photos taken by daughter and poems written by father. One poem seemed particularly fitting for me at this time of my life. With assumed permission, as I am sure there would be no objection, I should like to share that poem:
ALL I NEED
I have all I need and more!
Nothing else would make life
fuller, richer, or more satisfying.
I have all I need and more:
more toys, food, wine, electronics, or clothes,
more entertainment, land, space, rooms,
more ownership, bytes or rpms,
horsepower, glitter or shine,
will not make me happier, giddier, smarter
or more secure.
I have all that I need and more:
in restlessness, malls bring no calm;
in hopelessness, tons of cash offer none;
in loneliness, chat rooms grant no intimacy;
in anger, credit & cards bring no ease;
in despair, new autos give no comfort;
in anxiety, chemicals bring no peace;
in aimlessness, projects offer no compass;
in faithlessness, media gods give no life.
I need only another day to sing, “Amen.”
Richard E. Lake
I have enough; how about you?