I've been researching an idea lately. Yesterday, I stumbled upon a man on the internet who'd developed a program very much in line with what I'd been imagining. I sent him an email. He sent one back that said call me. So I did.
I spent an hour on the phone with a man from California that became an instant friend. I was captivated by him. He was smart - he has years of schooling and experience related to the idea I had. But when I read this quote this morning, it struck me - that is what really drew me to this man.
This man was wise.
As he shared what he knew with me, I could hear and feel his love for people pour out with every word. I guess you know someone is wise when after you talk with them for an hour, and you know you've talked with someone who's intellectual, you're left struck by their capacity to love more than you are everything they know.
This morning I reflected on that call and on this quote. In a race to get smarter, in the quest to always learn and know more, I wonder what use any of it is if it isn't filtered through a spirit of compassion.