Considered the most powerful woman in the history of the Roman Empire (technically the Eastern Roman Empire), Empress Theodora is perhaps the ur-feminist. She set her own course; first an actress, then political insider, then wife of Justinian and a wielder of power in her own right.
Ambition has its uses, no doubt. Dissatisfaction with our lot is one of the drivers of personal achievement (hey, someone blogged on that here). And Lord knows, I didn’t mind the better title, prestige, and money that came with most promotions.
Theodora’s quote reminds me that “all that” won’t last for long. Even reaching the pinnacle of human achievement or power won’t change the way my story eventually ends.
Though I guess I would have a higher-end casket!