The struggles of those we are helping confront us with life at its purest. Their suffering strips away guile and leaves what is real and essential. The deepest human qualities come forth: openness, yearning. patience, courage, forbearance, faith, humor . . . living truth . . . living spirit. Moved and touched by these qualities, we've no choice but to acknowledge and reaffirm our humanity. Others notice when this happens. We feel them feel it. It's at these moments that we remember what service is truly all about.

Ram Dass, Paul Gorman, How Can I Help?