The ancient tea master Sen no Rikyū (1522 – 1591) spoke of ichigo-ichie – one time/one meeting. As it sounds, this concept celebrates the notion that this moment is unique among all others. There is no time on earth, past or future, in which things will line up again just as they are right now. Now is truly unique.
We came across this piece on Sen no while visiting the Wing Luke Museum, and the idea struck me since I was just thinking about how thankful I was for that specific day, and while there will be others, nothing will ever look the exact same again.
It was a good reminder to appreciate all the moments for their preciousness and impermanence.