from The Handbook by Epictetus

7.

A ship anchors,
you go ashore,
and amuse yourself
picking up shells.

But

don’t you keep one
eye on the ship, so
when the captain calls
you drop the shells
and get back?

Just so with life—
we amuse ourselves
on the shore with family,
possessions.

But keep an eye out:

when the boat leaves,
you will be on it.IMG_2144

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