We adapt to circumstances very quickly. What was exceptional soon becomes normal.
A certain standard of living, a certain way of life.
So much so that you don’t realise what you’ve got until it’s gone.
We can prepare for this loss by periodically temporarily depriving ourselves. So that when it does happen, it doesn’t come as a shock.
But sometimes loss will force itself upon us.
And only by remembering the nature of all things can we stop ourselves being taken by surprise.
Why should we be suprised when something that isn’t ours is taken away?
It wasn’t ours to keep in the first place, so why should its loss be unexpected?
We just forgot what it was. We took it for granted.