I remembered to ask this question with full sincerity today–with suggestions to follow. Make a suggestion of how you might help. Run an errand? Do your laundry? Give you feedback? Listen to you? Walk with you? Pick up lunch?
It doesn’t work as well without suggestions because sometimes, people don’t know what they need. I have a colleague who asks me, “Can I do anything for you?” and then offers suggestions. She’ll say, “May I make you a cup of tea? May I listen to your problems?” I just love this. I took the tea. Then I shared my problems!
I like thinking about helping other people as part of the mission of the day.