Welcome to Friday!
The philosopher Diogenes was eating bread and lentils for dinner one night.
He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who lived comfortably by flattering the king.
Aristippus looked to Diogenes and said to him…
“If you would learn to be subservient to the king you would not have to live on lentils.”
Diogenes then looked at Aristippus and said to him…
“Learn to live on lentils and you will not have to be subservient to the king.”
The statement didn’t mean a lot to me when I first read it in The Tightwad Gazette years ago. But the other day while I was eating a bowl of beans and the phrase came to mind.
Diogenes choose a different path for his life. Instead of being a good, quiet, subservient subject to the king, he learned to “live on lentils”, which says a lot about living simply and well below your means. Learn to appreciate the simple things in life such as staying home and cooking good meals at home.
Try your best not to live paycheck to paycheck, so you won’t have to be subservient to the king or your employer. I know it’s easier said than done, but there is a wealth of information out there to figure this out. You owe it to yourself to be disciplined enough to make it work in your favor.
Just some food for thought.