“No good thing renders its possessor happy unless his mind is reconciled to the possibility of loss; nothing however, is lost with less discomfort than that which when lost, can not be missed.” – Seneca
Situations change. Life happens fast. Where we are today, what we have, how we get through our day, these things can all change without notice.
If we take a moment and we think about the last thing we purchased that we were really excited about. Maybe it was something we had saved up for for months before buying. Maybe it was something we had wanted for a long time. We can all likely think of something along that vein that we purchased or acquired recently.
This means we can all also think of a time recently when we did not have the same possession. And while it might have made a significant impact on our lives, if we are being honest with ourselves, our lives would have been enjoyable had the possession never entered it at all.
And the same is true of everything we own and everything we feel is ours. It could all go away at once and our lives, while obviously changed, would continue on and we would still be responsible for making the most of them.
We would be wise to keep this in mind at all times.
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