August 17

“He is a great man who uses earthenware as if they were silver; but he is equally great who uses silver as if it were earthenware. It is the sign of an unstable mind not to be able to endure riches.” – Seneca

Respect. Respecting the things that life has provided for us whether it be through good luck or if we had to work our fingers to the bone to carve out a small and meager existence. Respecting the little luxuries we have is important. Treating even our base goods as if they were finery makes us appreciate them all the more. It also makes us all the more deserving of them.

Gratitude. Being thankful for the luxuries that our lives have provided us. Even if we feel as though we have worked ourselves ragged to achieve a little amount, being grateful for that little amount, the little amount that provides us access to all of the collected knowledge of mankind for example, is an important step to being our best selves.

Acceptance. Importantly, accepting that the things we have been provided in this life are just that, things sets the cornerstone for being our best selves. Treating the things we have with more care because they are a finer version of themselves would imply a fear of loss and a lack of gratitude in having the thing in the first place. We can not fear loss because we can not control loss. We should not treat finer things differently because we should treat everything life provides us with with respect.

Respect. Gratitude. Acceptance. Three steps that take us a long way in dealing with the luxuries of life.

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