"Just as no sign
is placed in the world
not to be seen, there is nothing intrinsically evil
the Manual of Epictetus
According to Epictetus, nothing is ours to have forever, to keep. Not a pet, not a work of art, not a child, not a wife or a husband. Epictetus admonishes us to realize this.
Whenever we are separated from what we value, treasure, love, we should say, "I gave it back."
For it was never ours to begin with.