Did you know the Wheel of Fortune was a thing in the Ancient World? It certainly was to the Romans. Cicero tells us:
[Viritūtes homines] rotam fortūnae nōn timent.
Virtuous human beings do not fear the Wheel of Fortune.
Las personas de virtud no temen la rueda de la Fortuna.
Whether we take it as fortune in general (or as the Romans may have thought of it, the wheel of the goddess Fortuna) the clear path to success is through virtue. As Cicero puts it, we can walk through life more securely if good deeds are to be shown for our efforts. Men or women, in the end, must never forsake duty, and thus, wherever the wheel of fortune lands, they will always be prepared to bear the blow if such a thing comes. What if fortune brings gifts? The Roman would be cautious that it did not bring ‘mala fortuna’ (bad fortune) in its wake.