We all have our favourite something. If it is a cup, we drink from it. Not that drinks taste exceptional with it, but we kinda get used to it over time. We drink from it everyday. It is our favourite cup after all.
One day, maybe our favourite cup is broken. At first it is a small crack and we still use it. If it is repairable, we should repair it so that we don’t hurt ourselves using it. But if it becomes so broken that it cannot be repaired and we are hurting just by drinking from it, we have to ask ourselves if we should still hurt ourselves this way.
This is when we should reflect on how this cup has
served us well but that it is no longer suitable for us to use the cup anymore. We don’t have to smash it up or start getting angry with the cup. It does not make it any better. Put it aside (or recycle it?) and move on.
If we cling onto the cup, identify with the cup and grasp onto it strongly, then we end up hurting ourselves.
When we are thirsty, find a cup, drink, put the cup down. Don’t bring it to the loo.