The Grass Is Not Always Greener: ‘The Sword of Damocles’


The "Sword of Damocles" is a moral tale that comes from the Roman scholar Cicero. Damocles was a servant to a fourth- and fifth-century king named Dionysius II. We can't take any of our material possessions, pleasures, fame, or power with us when we die. Maybe it's wise to take these things a little more lightly in our day-to-day lives. It took Damocles's confronting his potential death for him to appreciate his life and to no longer think that the grass is greener elsewhere. Hopefully, we don't need such extreme measures to have deep gratitude for our own lives.

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