Dear Carolyn: What do I do when my friends are hurting and I can’t do anything to help them? I don’t have a lot of friends, but right now all of them are in various degrees of pain and depression, and I feel useless and helpless and depressed myself over it. I’m not married and don’t have children, so I can’t even relate to some of their problems or give them any useful perspective. I can listen and be sympathetic, but other than that I’ve got nothing. — Mr. Useless
Mr. Useless: You care, you’re sympathetic, and you listen. That is everything.
If you have a dinner you can prepare for them and mobility to get out on a socially distanced walk with them and a stupid Zoom-able game to distract them with, then you have everything made tangible.
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