Of gains and losses…

To have gained and lost, is worse than not to have gained at all…

Human life is all about striving towards something. Some work towards accumulating wealth, others strive hard to improve their quality of life. The journey towards our goals is hard, but the hope of getting there makes it worth the while.

And when we do get there, and look back at how far we came…it all seems worth it.

If the story had ended on that high note, and we all found our happily ever after, then we would be in our own little heavens. But we are not (yet) there. We live in the real world, where ups and downs are all part of life. We win, and we lose. We find success, and we taste failure. This is what experiences are all about, isn’t it?

But we aren’t going to concern ourselves with the twists of fate, for they aren’t in our control. What we would like to know more about, is how to not lose something precious that we already have with us…not due to a quirk of fate, but due to our own foolishness.

Not having known what wealth is, or how much the company of someone we love means to us, is better than having been wealthy, or having been in a beautiful relationship….and then losing it.

That pains much more, for we have tasted it, and we know what it feels like.