I went to a flute and guitar concert tonight, and was struck by how precious every aspect of this life is.
Every moment is fleeting… always fresh, new, different. Dying as what it was, reborn as something else.
There are many moments in my life, but my life itself is fleeting, measured in years or decades. My days are numbered, although I may not know the exact number.
Humanity goes on without me, but humanity itself is fleeting. Everything created by humanity, including all the art, is here now and gone in hundreds, or thousands of years. Even if it lasts for millions of years, which seems unlikely, it will come to an end. This Earth will die, and this universe will die (heat death or big crunch).
From all these perspectives, this moment is precious… it is easiest to notice through what our personality enjoys, such as a good meal, friendship or art… but every moment is equally previous, independent of its content.
It is not only precious because it is precious to this human self. Every moment is a unique expression of God, it is God experiencing itself uniquely.
It is precious, because it is a unique expression of God, of Existence, of life.