On this day I will pay my respects to Epictetus by carrying with me a gentle reminder: Every person I see today, including the man in the mirror, is going to die soon.
What do we learn from the death of Chadwick Boseman? At least this: That Stoics are sometimes confused with super heroes; that it is not important to live a long life; that living well is dying well; and that Einstein was undoubtedly right when he wrote, “The only rational way to educate is by example.”
Without exception, we are all dying, and it is this fact that imbues life with its ineffable sweetness.
“It is not possible to live well today unless you treat it as your last.”
It’s good to be re-minded of this starting-block truth: We are not in control of what happens. All we can control is our response to what happens. We are response-able to that extent.
Comfort and security do not change a man. Only adversity can do that. We are hallowed and habilitated in difficult times.