Change is necessary so that we can all evolve into our divinely ordained lives. Among the inevitable changes in life is the change in fortune. Wealth and poverty two indicators of life’s ebb and flow have the ability to bring out the best or the worst of ourselves.
As Isocrates reminds us: “Consider that nothing in human life is stable; for then you will not exult overmuch in prosperity, nor grieve overmuch in adversity. Rejoice over the good things which come to you, but grieve in moderation over the evils which befall you.”
When you succeed, don’t let success go to your head. Be humble. Humility is a sign of strength, not weakness.
And when you lose, remember that there is a growth opportunity waiting for you to seize it. Loss can even be a catalyst for positive growth.
Guard your reputation. Every time you make a move throughout your life, your reputation moves along with you. Sometimes it even stands in for you in your absence. Remember, whenever your name is mentioned or your presence is noted, your reputation is not far behind. Make it reflect well on you.
Lastly, Victor Hugo extols us to have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.