At the end of the day,
The Stoics got it right.
Love your fate.
Don’t just bear it or accept it.
Embrace it. Savor it like a fine wine.
Anything that burns in the fire
Becomes fuel for the fire.
Use the pain and loss to burnish your soul.
Remember that one day
We will all be dust and ashes.
Stripped of power and money and worldly possessions,
You will be naked and alone
Inside your urn or coffin.
Like all the princes and paupers
Who came before you.
Forgotten in the sands of time.
I’ve come to realize only now
That Sisyphus, the man condemned to roll a boulder up a mountain for all eternity
Was not the starring player in some ancient tragedy.
Keenly focused on the present, not the future or the past,
He was happy because the gods gave him punishment
And he found a way to turn it into meaning.
Embrace your fate.
Live every day as if it were your last
Love the fire that refines your soul.
April 23, 2020