“You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.”
Cliche or adage? All depends on the context. Any pithy statement takes on a cliche connotation when impetuously prated.
But, assign the phrase to a situation of significant value, and the once cliche becomes a maxim.
For me I did not have to lose what I value; instead, I almost loss. If you almost lose your life; the life of another; or your marriage, suddenly: “You don’t know what you have until it’s almost gone.”
Now I am grateful– but I fear time– because time always erodes the grateful into cliche and once again we await the maxim to come.
Sincerely and ever truly yours,