You watch and you ask
“Why them, not me?”
Rather than ask them,
“What is the key?”

With the former mind,
You’re stuck standing still,
And with the latter eye,
You climb every hill.

So seek out the best,
Think as you ought.
It’s a zero-some game,
No effort’s for naught.

Author’s note: this poem was inspired by the following from Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, 6.19: “If you find something very difficult to achieve yourself, don’t imagine it impossible–for anything possible and proper for another person can be achieved as easily by you.”


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