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You have $1,000,000,000 Dollars

Updated on April 30, 2012

You don't know what you've got, until you lose it. While the saying is true as John Lennon sang his 1974 hit record by the same name, there is an older saying from previous generations: If you have your heath, you have a million dollars.

Both are absolute truth. Everyone must have one story about both sayings and how it relates to them. Take the second one, even simple temporary disabling events, such as sprained ankles, sore muscles, chronic pain of joints, as minor as they are when talking about them, in real life can be great problems. So, you are jogging on a trail, listening to tunes, and simply, so simply, land your foot the wrong way or on a rock (how many times I have done this!) and suddenly your life changes for days and weeks, depending on severity. The things you have taken for granted without thinking suddenly are gone. Now, you hobble, it is a pain just to walk, use crutches, climbing simple stairs, getting around, going to work, focusing on work, walking from the lot to office, crossing streets in seconds. You have to endear all is knowing full well such activity just may make it worse. So, what do you do?

You call in sick and stay home trying not to go insane all while losing significant amounts of income simply because your foot landed on a small rock on your favorite path! The other option, depending on employers, is to work from home. Even so, the pain is real and still there.

That is one of a million reasons the old saying is absolutely true and why Lennon's record title is true as well. For now you truly miss the time when you were 100%, not 50%. You would die to turn back time to just before the casualty happened. Maybe had you been watching the path, it could be avoided. Maybe. Sometimes, even when you are cognitive of your surroundings, an injury may happen-especially if you have an old injury or weak spot.

When one does have a temporary injury causing a major disruption in their lifestyle, often it forces one to think of those permanently disabled or fighting a major sickness. It puts your own minor temporary health issue in real perspective and be thankful that most of the time, you do have a million dollars in your pocket.

You don't know what you've got, until you lose it.


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      Gustave Kilthau 5 years ago from USA

      Hi perrya - like maybe a million bucks, a brand new tooth that just came in when you get to your 80th year, a 4-wheeled automobile that was built to run well with but 3 wheels and bacon fat, things like those or either better or worse. There are many more things well worth losing - chicken pox, a broken leg, and so on, but one scarcely is apt to brag about that kind of stuff. :)

      Gus :-)))

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      perrya 5 years ago

      What would be grand?

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      Gustave Kilthau 5 years ago from USA

      perrya - Well, it would be kinda fun to see what it might feel like to lose something really grand - just to be able to brag a little bit, telling all of your buddies that you "had it" or that you had once "been there and done that."

      Gus :-)))