Is it possible to fully appreciate a thing without experiencing the loss of it?

@Awinds (2475)
United States
July 3, 2011 10:10pm CST
It seems like in life we don't fully appreciate things until we are deprived of them. The most obvious example is love. We take those close to us for granted until they die or leave. Then we realize just how much that person meant to us, or just how much they did for us. This also seems to apply to the common things of daily life. We don't appreciate a good meal until we don't have access to one in a crucial situation. What do you think? Is it possible to fully appreciate something without experiencing loss?
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• Seychelles
4 Jul 11
Hi Yeah i a appreciate all that is surrounded by me right now but i guess we appreciate it even more when we experience the loss of it.Nice post.Cheers!
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@Awinds (2475)
• United States
9 Jul 11
Thanks! :)
• United States
17 Jul 11
Maybe because I have lost both parents that I Do appreciate my guy everyday.I know how fast things can change.But I do think there are many who appreciate Everything even though they haven't lost anyone.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
18 Jul 11
So it varies from person to person and from situation to situation then. :)
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• United States
19 Jul 11
Yes. I think it is how you are raised. Many kids are not raised to appreciate Anythingn or anyone.
@rameshchow (5284)
• India
9 Jul 11
Yes, it is possible to appreciate heart fully the feelings in our life without getting any disturbances. One thing we have to do is "we have to give full importance to that". The persons who are loving us, we have to give them top priority in our heart. And we believe that they are not cheap, they are great, they can do great things for me, like wise we have think, then only our heart feels happy.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
9 Jul 11
So it is not natural - we must consider and realize it. We must devote effort and time to such deep appreciation. :)
@Hatley (154938)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Jul 11
Awinds I am wondering that too as I had always been happy living with mny son after my retirement working on my lot having my own room ,but did I appreciate it as much as I do now stuck in this tiresome retirement center rather than still migrating homeless from one shelter to another with my adult son;see he was laid off, and we finally got behind on our rent, so of course eviction,whats new,homelessness then my son with help from adult protective services got me into Gold crest retirement c enter. now just to stop any sniping that I got in here free,no not at all, my social security and SSI checks pay the monthly fee for room and board so here I am and oh myG do I miss our own apt.my son is stuck also in a male apartment with another man both of them just now finally getting just part time jobs. so we are both still stuck where we are. so in order not to go stir crazy I mylot a lot as it helps with bills as I only have 125 dollars left from my checks after the rent and board.But it's still better than being on the streets homeless.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
9 Jul 11
My family is in a tough situation - or what I thought was a touch situation. We have a paid of house and car, but we working on paying stuff like the utility bills and food of course. I thought we had been struck hard, but I am proven wrong. Thanks Hatley - you jolted me out of my self pitying state that I have had of late. It's easy to focus on self when things get strained - it's easy to forget that things are not as bad as them seem and somewhere out there, there is someone who has suffered even more.