The Glass is Already Broken

You see this goblet? asks Achaan Chaa, the Thai meditation master. For me this glass is already broken. I enjoy it; I drink out of it. It holds my water admirably, sometimes even reflecting the sun in beautiful patterns. If I should tap it, it has a lovely ring to it. But when I put this glass on the shelf and the wind knocks it over or my elbow brushes it off the table and it falls to the ground and shatters, I say, Of course. When I understand that the glass is already broken, every moment with it is precious.

Mark Epstein, Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective