How much time do you spend on the telephone? How long do you spend driving/traveling to and/or from here and there? How much time do you spend with long-remembered 'dear ones', trying to recapture that which cannot be recaptured but yet you're still trying to 'make it so'?
Boy oh boy, if I had answers to any of those que$tions, I'd be sitting pretty, money-wise.
I've been trying to retrieve (unsuccessfully, as it turns out!) from my memory banks an old saying about this very subject. I'm actually a little hopeful that Chuck, if he reads this, can give us all a perfectly-illustrative quote in his comment.
We are where we are where we are where we are, aren't we? There's no 'going back', as it were, no re-living or retrieving that which has been lost or long ago passed us by.
All we can do is accept what is and move on - trying to incorporate some of those 'lost' or 'gone by' in our efforts (hopefully reciprocated in the same vein).
The best time to leave a really wonderful party is when it's at its height. It's also the most difficult time to leave!
We all, I think, would like to enjoy and savor forever the good things. How do we know when to quit while we're ahead?
I don't have any ready answers. I don't have anywhere even close to 'ready' answers!