"When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people." -Abraham Joshua Heschel, theology professor (1907-1972).
Affectionate, loving, benevolent, gentle, generous, sympathetic.....these are words that mean more to me as I grow older. I look for those traits in others as I attempt to make them my own. There is nothing wrong with being "clever" but I've surrounded myself with smart, quick-witted, ingenious people most my life and occasionally they have disappointed me by being too crafty, sharp, and cunning. As with most things, there is a balance. But I'm not sure one can be too kind. Not ultimately, at least! - Beth Almond Ford