12 Things in Life That Are Difficult to Get and Easy to Lose

We’ve all heard the expression: “Easy come, easy go,” but what things in life are challenging to get but still easy to lose? As I’ve grown older, I’ve discovered that there are plenty of things that take a minute to get and mere seconds to lose. Sobriety is my most difficult feat yet, but I know it could all be gone with one poor decision.

After someone polled on online community, here are their honest confessions.

1. People’s Trust

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Trust is a significant thing to have in life. However, it’s challenging to repair the damage once trust is broken completely. Trust is the foundation of a solid relationship, be it family, friends, or spouse.

2. A Consistent and Healthy Routine

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A consistent, healthy routine is outlined by many as difficult to obtain but easy to toss away. One person explains it takes them a month to start consistently eating healthy, working out, and caring for themselves. But it takes just one day to fall off the bandwagon.

3. Money

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Countless people admit that getting money isn’t always the easiest thing in the world. However, spending it is as easy as clicking a button. Someone shares, “To turn $100 into $110 is work. To turn 100 million into $110 million is inevitable.” – Edgar Bronfman.

4. The TV Remote Control

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Haha, Lord, if this one isn’t the truth. It costs money to get that TV, which we already established as hard. But losing that remote on the daily is easy peasy lemon squeezy.

5. A Physically Fit Body

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Anyone with a rock-hard bod will tell you it takes discipline and hard work to obtain those shiny pecs and muscles. On the contrary, if you stop doing what it took to get there, you will lose it quickly.

6. A Good Reputation

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Establishing a good reputation at school, work, and within your community falls back on trust and your actions to prove your trustworthiness. Nonetheless, it only takes one mistake to unravel it all, especially in today’s cancel climate.

7. Lottery Winnings

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Speaking of money, have you heard that lottery winners blow through their money quickly? It’s true. Typically, those who play and subsequently win the jackpots don’t know how to manage money or realize how quickly it adds up when you start spending it.

8. Unconditional Love

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God created us to love regardless of what people say about wanting or needing love. So it’s an integral part of being happy in life. Love can be friendships, pets, significant others, family, kids, and self. Many people explain that while it is difficult to obtain, it’s easy to lose instantly.

9. Sobriety

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As a former heroin addict, I can attest to the reality that getting clean is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. And it’s something you continue to be challenged by over the years. One bad decision can completely derail your sobriety quickly.

10. Someone’s Respect

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“R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me,” Aretha Franklin knew what was up. Being treated with respect feels increasingly challenging in today’s busy world of not caring about anyone but yourself. Once you get respect, it doesn’t take much to lose it.

11. Good Self-Esteem

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An unfortunate number of people struggle with self-esteem issues. One explains that it is hard to boost your self-esteem, but all it takes is one rude comment for it to shatter.

12. A Good Credit Score

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A good credit score is a difficult feat, but all it takes is a couple of bad financial decisions or life kicking you in the face for you to lose that score quickly.

15 Most Successful Lies in the History of Man

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What is the most successful lie in history? Recently, a man took to an internet forum with this question, and the subsequent discussion provided these answers.



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Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and Jesus.