This realization came to me during this week's Mass said by Father Sergio.
A few days ago, the main coffee mug I use was permanently damaged thanks to 1) its position on the counter and 2) the cup that fell out of the cabinet the smashed the mug.
Of course, being a house spouse and in charge of the chores, I'm the one who put the cup in the cabinet and perhaps had things packed too closely together. The cup falling out was ultimately unfortunate more than intentional, yet I still had a hand in it.
This relates to karma, and also to what happened next: a question for finding a new set of coffee mugs.
In fact, I not only found a great set but a great set at a great price.
Upon inspection, the designs on the new set reminded me of the four classical elements, and I did something I've rarely done: I blessed the coffee mugs. That may sound strange, but I think blessing our everyday objects can help to remind us of the importance of the mundane.
The damaged coffee mug was the last one we had from our old life in Florida. The smashing of it was a literal container being smashed- the old no longer applies, the old must be discarded.
But that which is contained is the same- the coffee, which represents spirit; the lesson then is that the container must be appropriate for spirit, and that the four classical elements each serve as a container for spirit.
I've often said "spirit" splits into the four elements, and then when the four element are combined again, they form spirit. It's a beautiful set of imagery for me.
Not every mundane circumstance in life has a specific profundity behind it; all things have a general profundity, but that experience is left up to the sages, saints, and masters and is beyond my scope.
Another way of stating this: don't go trying to accidentally smash your coffee mug to copy me and think it's the same thing. Your own life will show you something when you're ready. Whatever happens for you will be very you-specific. That's just how these things roll.
Moreover, I didn't make the connections within this happening until Mass today, and though one should participate in Mass for its own sake, this is yet another benefit of attending Mass: the clarifying of things.