As usual, I’ve been reading Baltasar Gracián this morning: “A truly peaceable person is a person with a long life. To live, let live. The

As usual, I’ve been reading Baltasar Gracián this morning:

“A truly peaceable person is a person with a long life. To live, let live. The peaceable not only live, but reign. You should see and hear, but remain silent. A day without an argument leads to a sleep-filled night. To live a lot and to enjoy life is to live twice: this is the fruit of peace. A person has everything who cares nothing about what matters little. There’s no greater absurdity than taking everything seriously. Similarly, it’s stupid to take things to heart that don’t concern you, and not to take to heart those that are important.”

This is pretty much exactly what I needed to hear this morning. I spend too much of my life focusing on an ever-enlarging sphere of concern, which makes my sphere of influence tiny. I should be working to reverse that trend.