You can’t have nice things, can you…
Is what many people say when something gets damaged, It was also what my Uncle said to me yesterday when he noticed a mark on my car…
It reminded me of a quote from Seneca
“Remember that all we have is “on loan” from Fortune, which can reclaim it without our permission—indeed, without even advance notice. Thus, we should love all our dear ones, but always with the thought that we have no promise that we may keep them forever—nay, no promise even that we may keep them for long.”
It’s not that we can’t have nice things,
But they aren’t ours, and they aren’t guaranteed to stay nice forever either.
Many things happen in life, Nice things can get stolen, broken, lost, die…
One day we will have to return them or we will have to be returned.
Enjoy the things whilst you have them but expect them to return, damaged etc.
Then if and when it happens you will be ready and the pain will be less.