Why do we only appreciate our health when we’re ill?
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July 17, 2008 at 7:49 am
It’s about contrasts, black and white. If we don’t get ill, we never know what healthy means. No? 🙂
July 17, 2008 at 8:11 am
Tunku, are you not well, thus the one liner?
I have had two months of terrible hayfever – and now whenever I wake up without a sneeze, I am ever so thankful.
Hope you are okay.
July 18, 2008 at 5:31 am
Hmm… health is not unique in this predicament. A few other examples:
1. Why do we appreciate our wealth more only when we are faced with hard times?
2. Why do we appreciate that special person more only when she/he has left us?
3. Why do we appreciate our job more only after we’ve been sacked?
4. Why do we appreciate some opportunity that was given to us more only when can no longer take advantage of it?
5. Why do we appreciate our youth only after we have become old?
Hmm… your Thought #58 has spawned several dozen other thoughts in my mind.
July 20, 2008 at 1:21 am
Kenny – Yes, so true. If we don’t have rain, how to appreciate the sunshine? Or if in Malaysia, we only appreciate our air con when it’s not working! 🙂
Kak Teh – You’re right. I’m down with a bad cold which I hope doesn’t turn into the flu. But today, I’m feeling better. Thanks so much for your kind thoughts. I think there is a treatment for hay fever requiring a monthly injection, have you heard of it?
Bangkai – Very correct indeed. We only appreciate that something when it is gone, whether temporary or permanent. This is because we have that human condition of taking things for granted. One may desire a Ferrari but when it’s parked at the house, we may not get the joy we thought it would bring. This is the problem when we pin our happiness on material things when happiness is something internal. That’s my 2 sen! 🙂
July 31, 2008 at 4:38 am
That’s cuz we always seem to forget how much discomfort we’re in whenever we get ill.. i’m sick too.. sigh… hope ur getting better! =D
July 31, 2008 at 11:55 pm
Spiffy – Hope you get well soon. I’m fixed now … just have to appreciate it I suppose! 🙂
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