Remember that in life thou shouldst order thy conduct as at a banquet. Has any dish that is being served reached thee? Stretch forth thy hand and help thyself modestly. Doth it pass thee by? Seek not to detain it. Has it not yet come? Send not forth thy desire to meet it, but wait until it reaches thee. Deal thus with family, thus with office, thus with wealth—and one day thou wilt be met to share in the Great Banquet.
—Epictetus (55 AD – 135 AD; Public Domain)