Epictetus - The Enchiridion - 15
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
15. Remember that you must behave in life as at a dinner
party. Is anything brought around to you? Put out your hand
and take your share with moderation. Does it pass by you?
Don't stop it. Is it not yet come? Don't stretch your desire
towards it, but wait till it reaches you. Do this with regard
to children, to a wife, to public posts, to riches, and you
will eventually be a worthy partner of the feasts of the gods.
And if you don't even take the things which are set before
you, but are able even to reject them, then you will not only
be a partner at the feasts of the gods, but also of their
empire. For, by doing this, Diogenes, Heraclitus and others
like them, deservedly became, and were called, divine.