It is generally seen and felt so even in our day to day lives. It is a general human characteristics that whatever is available to him, he takes it for granted. and does not give it much value. Many times such attitude extends and edges on ignoring and unminding of such 'god gifts'. But we yearn for what we do not have,unmindful of the fact that 'a bird in hand is worth two in the bush".
It is this attitude which makes us blind to the affection,care ,consideration, patronage and well wishing and help by our parents, siblings,spouse, children and many other relationships like friends, classmates and many others. We grow nourished by them and enjoying their support and shadow. It is only when they become absent that we suddenly realise a void and vacuum. Probably it is from this that the saying ' Familiarity breeds contempt'.
We never know the full importance of many people when they are alive and around. It is mostly from the obit tributes that we come to know that the deceased person was so great, scholar and serving society in some unique way.
I quote below a part of my response to a Forum thread in 2017:
"Even about inanimate objects we feel like that. Only when we see an empty space due to a tree cut or a stone removed that we get to notice that there was such a tree or such a stone there. In our daily life, even in our own family, we are experiencing same. We feel the absence of our spouse or children and feel the void even if they go away just for a few days. The irony being, all along these years, we never spent much time with them and we even ignored their attempts to get attention and appreciation." unquote
At least now let us feel the importance of whom we have with us, what we have with us etc and appreciate , accept respect, regard and regard them and treasure them as invaluable gifts of God to us. Let us not have occasions to regret and repent later.