When I get buffetted by the squalls of life or beset by the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, I have a few people I can count on. These people are sometimes in a position to give me practical help, but it rarely happens that they do. And it's rarely what I need.
But when I meet (or call) these people they remind me of how good a person can get. How a person can be successful without selling their soul, or financially well off without screwing others. And these people have often had to turn the other cheek to others' misdeeds.
I am reminded that there are orders of magnitude in the universe, that most things aren't linear. Grain of sand, tennis ball, planet, star, galaxy. These increases in size are huge orders of magintude.
I meet these people and remind myself that they do more good stuff before 8am than some others I see do in a week. That in a 20 minute "snap" conversation have done more motivation, management and mentoring than others may do in five years.
There are good times and there are hard times. When things get a little tough, the blessing is that the camouflage drops away, and the good ones can be seen for what they are.