Tadhg’s Journal: You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until It’s Gone…


Tadhg’s Journal Excerpt: As I sit here, thoughts tumble through my mind, and a few of them settle. So, my journal today is just a simple thought, based on several eclectic events.  The thought: We don’t know what we’ve lost until it’s gone.

‘I said
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til it’s gone’

Joni Mitchell

Summer is gone, and autumn is almost over. And, winter is almost upon us. Leaves have changed colour, trees are shedding, and the temperature is falling – especially noticeable in the evenings, nights and early mornings. Okay, we’ve lost summer and autumn is fast receding, but oh what wonderful colours those leave are exhibiting. Each season is a joy and brings many blessings, each season teaches us something, and encourages us to go deeper, but what wonderful colours – russet browns, orange, yellows, and all kinds of red – are visible now, that were hidden before. I can’t wait for winter.

We don’t know what we’ve lost until it’s gone.

I had my hearing tested a couple of weeks ago. I know as each year progressed my hearing diminished more and more. I first noticed it eight years ago, and for one reason or another, I didn’t do anything about it. But, bit by bit I began to miss some sounds. When the audiologist declared that my hearing level  accessed at ‘moderate to severe hearing loss’, I knew I had to act.

‘Sweet is every sound, sweeter the voice, but every sound is sweet.’ ‘Alfred Lord Tennyson

We don’t know what we’ve lost until it’s gone.

But, it’s not all negative. The good news is that this morning I picked up a pair of state-of-the-art hearing aids, invisible (almost) and they work wonderfully. I think on a good day I will probably be able to hear conversations on the International Space Station! Maybe, not.

And, last evening I was watching a movie, and just couldn’t get ‘into’ it. It didn’t help that one of the main characters was a wee bit too ‘gung-ho’ for me. There were times when I was mentally re-writing the movies script – am I alone in doing that, or do you do that? I mean, when there’s danger in the form of a zombie (or something resembling one – and I admit I watched the movie only because there was nothing else on tv), but when that zombie is running away from you, why pursue it? Limited ammunition, your family are behind you, the ‘danger’ is receding, so why pursue? If you did, as that character did, your family would then be alone and vulnerable, you might run our of ammunition that you might need later, or the zombie might be leading you into an ambush. I know, I think too much! And, if the scriptwriter had followed my advice, the movie would only have been one-third as long.

But, it seems my imagination is still fully functioning, albeit someway to go in its level of maturity, after that zombie movie. Note to self: Never watch a zombie movie again.

But, many adults do lose much of their imagination as they move from childhood to adulthood (and whatever stages there are in between). Many, not all.

We don’t know what we’ve lost until it’s gone.

But, I have a sneaking suspicion that all is not lost, and that it is dormant or being ‘drowned out’. I say drowned out, because when we’re asleep and the body is relaxed, when the world and busyness of daily life cannot grasp for our attention, we dream. And, generally, those sleep dreams are filled with a myriad of colourful, perhaps noisy, bizarre and illogical events that seem to make no sense, but they may infact be just what we need. Some believe night dreams are just strange thoughts due to random firing of the brains neurons. But, what if much of what we dream is exactly what we need to know. Then, those dreams, filled with symbols and archetypes of all sorts, mean something. Our imagination plays at night in our dreams, and we’re usually unaware of any meaning. We’ve forgotten our dream language and how to interpret dreams. We’ve forgotten to playfully use our imaginations during waking hours.

We don’t know what we’ve lost until it’s gone.

‘Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.’  Albert Einstein

I’d like to suggest that we can access those dreams, can enter that dream-like state using our imagination, and be the better for it. I’d like to suggest that we playfully use our imagination – a source of power, potential and development – during our waking hours and benefit from it…but, more about that tomorrow.


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