“For me the glass is already broken. Once I realize that, every moment with it is precious.” A Buddhist teaching.
Although the above quotation was a mere introduction to the gist of a sermon I heard the other day (at College Hill United Methodist, by Pastor Jill), I spend a lot of time every day thinking about it.
I mean, what if we knew that everything is temporary? And that even our coolest stuff will break, our most dependable appliances will quit working in accordance with specifications? That our deepest and most significant and precious people will, eventually, pass from our lives?
Wait – we know that already. Our heads know it, anyway, even if our hearts can’t face it.
I feel a tragic freedom in thinking of things I love being “already broken”. Will it be exhilarating freedom someday, I wonder?