Today I had the most unusual encounter with a stranger.
I was immediately taken aback as what I though was just casual friendly conversation turned into a very deep conversation about her grief over her lost son.
What upset me most about this conversation was not that she had chosen to share this with me, as I have quite a respect for her openness - it was the fact that I was totally incapable of saying anything which demonstrated my sympathy and compassion for her situation.
Her grief was so evident and clear to me, she was in dire need of someone to talk to. Yet here I was, open mouthed with a complete and total loss of words.
Shouldn't we strive to be able to comfort everyone in their time of need?