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I Love You Enough Not To Fulfill All Your Wishes

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My son sat on the bed in his room, sulking, because I wouldn’t take him to the store to buy a new toy.

“You know I love you,” I said to him as I turned to leave the room. “And, I am really sorry that you can’t have everything you want.”

“Just because you won’t allow me to have everything I want,” he retorted.

“No, sweetie, it’s because I love you,” I said gently. “I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.”

He rolled his eyes, evidently annoyed and unwilling to accept what I just told him, and asked me to leave him alone. So, I went out of the room and closed the door behind me.

Undoubtedly, he was pretty annoyed, but it is true – I do love him enough to not fulfil all his wishes.

I love him from the bottom of my heart. He’s my soul. He’s my everything. But I won’t give him everything he wants.

And when he feels ready to talk to me again, here is what I’m going to tell him:

My child, I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.

So that you’ll feel content when you have nothing more than what you need.

I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.

So that yearning for more doesn’t make you unaware of everything you already have in life.

I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.

So that you live for real values, and not for material things.

I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.

So that all material, unimportant, and transient things around you never outweigh the real values in life.

I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.

So that your wishes don’t get so strong that you start ignoring and disregarding the needs of others.

I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.

So that you’ll find contentment and joy in giving, not just receiving.

I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.

So that you don’t just spend, but contribute as well.

I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.

So that you’ll show respect and consideration for other people’s needs, wishes, and problems, not just for your own.

I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.

So that you can learn that things don’t always go the way we planned and wanted.

I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.

So that you’ll be prepared for a world which is full of disappointments.

I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.

So that you’ll be grateful even in times of scarcity.

I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.

So that you’ll learn how to be patient and hopeful.

I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.

So that you’ll learn how to work hard and know how important this is as well.

I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.

So that you will learn how to sacrifice your needs and wishes for your own good and for the good of other people.

I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.

So that you can learn that genuine contentment and peace of mind don’t come from having it all, but from giving your all.

I love you enough not to fulfil all your wishes.

So that one day you’ll understand that you already have everything that truly matters in life.

I love you, my child, but even if I could fulfil all your wishes I wouldn’t. Yes, I wouldn’t. Why?

Because it is my duty to help you grow into someone who respects others and yourself as well. Someone who is willing to make sacrifices for his own good and the good of other people. Someone who knows the value of hard work.

It is my duty to help you grow into someone who values hard work and self-sacrifice more than self-indulgence. Someone whose life is so full of love, compassion, grace, mercy, and faith that you will have plenty of it to give to others.

I love you, my child, but I know that you won’t blossom and become the best version of yourself if I always fulfil your wishes.

I love you, my child, and although I won’t give you everything you want, I promise you that I’ll make sure you find your life purpose and live a meaningful, satisfying life.