RJ Dupre Column: You don't know what you've got until it's gone
Very often, we do not realize how we miss things until they are taken away from us and we can't have them. This concept came to my attention last week.
I went to the hospital to have a colonoscopy done. It's a procedure necessary when you reach a certain age, which is part of preventive medicine. The preparation for this event went quite smoothly. I was willing to follow the directions. When the little surgery was over, I was told that I was to be on a four-day liquid diet. No problem, I thought, it might even help me lose some weight. The first day of this regimen, I took the opportunity to relax and sleep. But then I started to feel hungry. My mate was cooking for himself, and the aroma of food floated in the house.
My willingness to do what I was told started to fade away. My mood changed drastically. I started whining and complaining how painful this was. To avoid having a childish temper tantrum, I retreated to my room, and kept my mind occupied by reading. In reality, I was feeling sorry for myself. I started to understand what it might feel like to go hungry, and how easy it is to take for granted something that is the basis for survival.
I used to pride myself on being "tough" when it came to make sacrifices of any kind, but I have to admit that this time, I behaved "like a baby." Thank God, my mate is a patient man, and he did not get too frazzled with my carrying on. He made sure I followed my schedule. I smile at myself today, but I learned a valuable lesson. Take away something that you are used to, and you will miss it. Maybe it is a way to remind us how grateful we should be for what we have. Of course, this kind of experience applies to many other things in life. Now I am back to "normal," and my attitude has improved -- which is for the benefit of everybody around me.