Spiritual teacher, Ajahn Chah, would share a story with his students.
“It is true, I do enjoy this drinking glass. I like the way it holds my tea. I admire the way the sun shines off it, at times creating tiny rainbows. This is my favorite glass, but I do not cling to it, because to me this glass is already broken. I know that my time with it is temporary and precious. So I enjoy this glass while it lasts, but I am fully aware that eventually it will fall from the shelf or be knocked over and shatter. And when that happens I will say ‘of course.’”
The glass is already broken.
It’s inevitable. Eventually, everything breaks, decays, dies. With that knowledge comes a reassuring truth:
Enjoy it while it lasts.
Your time with everything you love is temporary and precious. When your time together is over, will you wish you had given it less attention and appreciation? Not likely.
Give, because the glass is already broken, and giving of yourself is the way you honor what you love.