Marcus Aurelius had more power than any man in the world. He recognized that his power was useless, however, and that it was transient. Why, then, do so many men seek power and influence? Why seek wealth, when it will be gone soon enough? In Book Two of Meditations, this paragraph is found:
"Every moment think steadily as a Roman and a man to do what thou hast in hand with perfect and simple dignity, and feeling of affection, and freedom, and justice; and to give thyself relief from all other thoughts. And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last, laying aside all carelessness and passionate aversion from the commands of reason, and all hypocrisy, and self-love, and discontent with the portion which has been given to thee. Thou seest how few the things are, the which if a man lays hold of, he is able to live a life which flows in quiet, and is like the existence of the gods; for the gods on their part will require nothing more from him who observes these things."
Every moment should be spent in reason, as if it were the last moment. After that last moment, all the money, glory, power and stuff of this earth will disappear. Every moment, live as a Roman and a man, in simple dignity. Put away childish things.