Otto’s Place Philosophy

In a time when the world seems to go faster and faster, when we seem to have more and more to do, when we seem to go after more and more and appreciate what we have less and less, when it seems that too many focus on themselves with little regard for others, when it seems that we are in competition to amass the most in the shortest time, Otto’s Place philosophy is very simple; Enough.

In 2005 my Aunt, Sr. Lois and I heard the story by Bob Perks “I wish you Enough”. It touched our hearts immensely, and it is a philosophy that is both simple and deep and one that has stayed with us ever since. My Aunt is now 98 and she is an inspiration to all who know her. Since we first heard the story we have been ending our phone calls and signing off on emails and letters with the simple phrase, ‘I love you and wish you Enough’.

Part of the story goes as follows: ‘He began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” He paused for a moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled even more.”When we said ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.”’

“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
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.”

On behalf of Dan, myself and Otto’s Place, we wish you Enough!


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Eileen February 7, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Would you please forward me a copy of the saying on the front of the bill pocket? You have a beautiful place and fine food.

Thank you.


Ken Marsden July 23, 2014 at 12:16 am

I became aware of Otto’s Place thr a Facebook posting by Alice Mc Mahon. She posted a painting I had on a web site. It was of the mill near Council Hill Station. When I saw your place it triggerred lots of memories. The building sat empty for many years and I often thought it would make a wonderful studio/gallery. Unfortunately lifes adventured did not include a return to my hometown, Galena.
I talk so much about Galena that I have dozens of people here in Wisconsin that want me to lead a trip there. At 81 it is not likely to happen but I do get to the great town from time to time. When I do I will certainly stop by Otto’s Place.
Ken Marsden


margaret mcmahan April 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Sounds like you are bringing joy and caring to your town. Something that will allow for a place to enjoy not only good food but a place for stress relief anytime during the day. Love the design and colors….blessing and love,


Jody McGill April 21, 2011 at 2:19 am

With a philosophy as such you are certain have enough customers to keep your doors open and enough slow daze to allow you to enjoy your new home 🙂 Thanks for bringing such a lovely venue and attitude to Galena.



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