I love the story of the Greek philosopher Diogenese of Sinope. He said that no man needed much to live off of. He was homeless, begged on the street during the day, and slept in an empty tub at night. Diogenese was hated by some for his odd behavior, like carrying a lamp around during the day saying he was looking for an honest person.
Alexander the Great, and admirer of Diogenes, went to see him once and asked him what he wanted. Diogenes said he wanted Alexander to move aside two steps; Alexander was blocking the sunlight from hitting Diogenes. Upon hearing this, Alexander the Great said, “If I were not Alexander, I should like to be Diogenes”.
What’s the point?
The point is, Diogenese was content and free. He had a place to sleep and food to eat. That was enough. Instead of working overtime doing a job he hated to buy stuff he couldn’t afford, he was enjoying his day. He was rich in time, and that is what life is made of.
You have the time. You can have the power to change your life and enjoy each day! Read this blog to learn how I learned gratitude after I lost everything.
What are you chasing after? How could you be so content with what you have that an emperor admires you?