“No person has the power to have everything they want, but it is in their power not to want what they don’t have, and to cheerfully put to good use what they do have.” – Seneca
Amor Fati. Love things, exactly as they are. Could they be different? Of course. But they’re not. If you are always chasing what you don’t have, it means you’re never taking the time to appreciate what you do have. It was really said best by Kurt Vonnegut:
True story, Word of Honor:
Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer
and I were at a party given by a billionaire
on Shelter Island.
I said, “Joe, how does it make you feel
to know that our host only yesterday
may have made more money
than your novel ‘Catch-22’
has earned in its entire history?”
And Joe said, “I’ve got something he can never have.”
And I said, “What on earth could that be, Joe?”
And Joe said, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.”
Not bad! Rest in peace!”
You have enough if you want it to be enough. The best way to have all you could ever want is to want all you ever have.