I felt the cool breeze through the open window, looked out and saw the tops of trees and heard a far-off train whistle. In that few seconds, I realized, this is enough. 

I haven’t played golf or ridden a horse in years. My skis have been in storage for more than a decade. “When you retire,” I told myself then, “You’ll have time.”

The plan failed. 

I look back out the window at the gently swaying treetops and remind myself, this is enough.






About Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, was a trial attorney for 25 years and has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy on numerous occasions. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland State University for several years and served as an Interim Associate Professor of Law in the clinical program at Case Law School. In 2009, she returned to the small southwestern Michigan community where she was raised, and wrote a novel.
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9 Responses to Enough

  1. sammee44 says:

    This is exactly the right time to do all the things you’ve set aside “for later,” Jane. Go for it—even if it’s only one thing for now! 🙂 J

  2. Wonderful piece, Jane…and now you will have enough time to do those things if you want.

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  4. Ron. says:

    Same experience myself, drenched in late afternoon sun on the windowseat today. Enough.

  5. Jane Wilson says:


    New adventures ahead for both of us. Congratulations on your new job.



  6. Very poetic. Just what I needed to read.

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