Because of the mug in this picture. I picked it up at a Beall's Outlet four years ago, on sale no doubt. It's nothing special, really. Designed by Becca Barton, made in China, painted a garish red with a fat snowman, a skinny Christmas tree, and snowflakes -- or are they stars?
But here's the deal; I love this cup. I didn't always, but over time it became my writing companion because of its perfect size, its friendly snowman, its sturdy handle. Now I love it so much I use it year-round, I'm scared my husband will break it, and I've searched the internet looking for a replacement just in case (still no luck).
While this cup sits around being dangerously perfect, it reminds me of the Buddhist teaching to "see it broken." Achaan Chah Subhaddo tells of a favorite glass he knows will one day break, so he does his best to enjoy it now. And that's what my writer's cup reminds me to do, enjoy it all now. What is your writer's cup?
Thanks to Fiona Robyn's blog, which includes Achaan Chah Subhaddo's quote (via Mark Epstein).