August 14

“It is the superfluous things for which men sweat. That which is enough is ready to our hands. He who has made a fair compact with poverty is rich.” – Seneca

Let’s take a moment today and consider what we truly need. What constitutes enough? We need water, food, and shelter. After that we may require health care at some point. For those of us reading this on the internet, having the four things listed here are fairly easy to come by. Even if we have to provide these things for an entire family, these are not the things that force us into debt. (Health care can be an exception for some of us)

And it is is important, especially in the current society we live in, to be able to save and put some of our resources away for later in life. Much like the grasshopper in Aesop’s fable, we do not want to find ourselves burdening our loved ones when our situation changes.

But by and large, the things we stress over, the things we go into debt over, the reasons we put in late hours, weekend work and so on are things that do not contribute to our basic needs. They are life’s luxuries.

There is nothing wrong with luxury. There is nothing wrong with working hard, working long hours, or working more to afford ourselves more luxury.

But when we allow ourselves to stress, to worry, and to miss out on life in order to afford the luxuries in life, then we are risking the fine art of missing the point.

virtus fortis vocat

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