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In a week that’s been about loss and remembrance, the  line from the old song about “you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone” comes to mind.  The line seems generally true.

But you might be able to know a little more about what you got before it’s gone if you:

  • Spend time reflecting on what gives you joy & fulfillment in your life.
  • Take a temporary break from the things in life you most enjoy.
  • Look at old family pictures or videos and appreciate the people who were with you then who are still with you now.
  • Spend time with people less fortunate than you are.
  • Start a journal or a blog reflecting changes in your life.
  • Realize that everything you have is a gift from God.
What else would help us know what we got before it’s gone? – Mike Brown

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6 Responses to “You Don’t Know What You Got ‘til It’s Gone”

  1. Karen says:

    I liked all of your suggestions. In my case, it was a serious health scare that made me realize all I had and that I really needed to start appreciating it!

  2. Work on your family tree. It can make you appreciate that it took many more relationships than just your parents to create you.

    • Mike Brown says:

      That’s really intriguing, Cheri. My wife is really into researching her family, but it just doesn’t hold that much fascination for me, yet.

  3. Anne Miner says:

    Hello Mike … what a great reminder for all of us!

    During a recent thunderstorm, our power went out – and stayed out for several hours. After waiting about 10 minutes to see if it would come back on, I started to think of all the things I would do, in the dark, while I could not do what I wanted to do …

    1. Ironing – oh, no that won’t work – no iron
    2. Make some soup out of those frozen chicken carcasses – umm – no stove
    3. Do some laundry – nope, no washer 0R dryer
    4. Tackle that pile of reading – well OK I can use a flashlight
    5. Go for groceries – maybe, but I remember hearing the cash registers don’t work without electricity

    You get the picture.

    Try the same exercise when you have no water, no gasoline, or no paper.

    These are all every day items that we take for granted.