Whenever you experience the pangs
Whenever you experience the pangs of losing something, don't treat it like a part of yourself but as a breakable glass, so when it falls you will remember that and won't be troubled. So too, whenever you kiss your child, sibling, or friend, don't layer on top of the experience all the things you might wish, but hold them back and stop them, just as those who ride behind triumphant generals remind them they are mortal. In the same way, remind yourself that your precious one isn't one of your possessions, but something given for now, not forever.
— Epictetus, Discourses, 3.24.84-86a (resource) Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom Perseverance and Art of Living
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