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Epictetus: Conduct yourself in life as if at a banquet

While reading this week’s introduction in The Daily Stoic Journal, I’ve been particularly struck by the following piece of wisdom from Epictetus. I find it immensely on point and something that I need to be reminded of regularly, so I decided to share it here as well.

Remember to conduct yourself in life as if at a banquet. As something being passed around comes to you, reach out your hand and take a moderate helping. Does it pass you by? Don’t stop it. It hasn’t yet come? Don’t burn in desire for it, but wait until it arrives in front of you. Act this way with children, a spouse, toward position, with wealth—one day it will make you worthy of a banquet with the gods.

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