Recently while washing the dishes, something shifted in the dish drainer and a favorite bowl fell onto the tile counter and broke. Arrggg! I loved that bowl! It was a gift from my inlaws and I think of them each time I use it. OK, we still have 3 of them, but each one is a different color and that one was my favorite (blue). If only I had stacked things differently, or set the drying mat down or…or…
Ah….time to revisit the “This glass is already broken” story with its pithy and beautiful message of present-time appreciation versus future-time worry or past-time regret.
One day some people came to the master and asked: How can you be happy in a world of such impermanence, where you cannot protect your loved ones from harm, illness and death?
The master held up a glass and said: Someone gave me this glass, and I really like this glass. It holds my water admirably and it glistens in the sunlight. I touch it and it rings! One day the wind may blow it off the shelf, or my elbow may knock it from the table.
I know this glass is already broken, so I enjoy it incredibly.
~The Venerable Achaan Chah Subato
Change is inevitable. Love and appreciate those you hold dear today – right now – and every day.
In Good Health,
Kirstin Lindquist, L.Ac.
PS Read the 2014 “This Glass Is Already Broken” article.
Photo Credit: “broken bowls” by stephanie vacher – https://flic.kr/p/4wsVBf