We love intelligence. It produces inventions and innovations, great ideas and unusual perspectives. Intelligence ushers in changes we can hardly predict. Great intellect certainly creates the extraordinary.
And yet kindness towards others remains far more important. Kindness stirs people through its very love and simplicity. It is grace in action. Kindness breathes people plain talk that lets people know they are loved, even when they don't especially feel like they deserve it. And when our kindness transforms even one person, we light the fire of healing for the world.
Dennis Ashley talks about loving kindness and he gives voice to the idea that kindness towards others rewrites our own story. Kindness is how love shows up in the world.