Who are the persons in your life who have shown exquisite compassion, calm, patience, simplicity, kindness, generosity? These persons are a profound gift, for they not only show something beautiful about being human, they show something beautiful about you, some key stream of your being, too, the evidence of which is the resonance you feel in the presence of your friend. To honor them is to also honor you. To cultivate the qualities that resonate from our friends cultivates our humanity and fulfills our vocation, for the only vocation we really have is the vocation of being human.

Thomas A. Forsthoefel, Soulsong