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As a child my grandfather would often tell me "it must be your mission, like a missionary". He was referring to how helpful he said I was to strangers. I often had strangers just approach me, out of the blue. They felt the need to simply tell me about what was bothering them and I would listen intently. Sometimes I would offer them some kind words, reassurance and a warm embrace. They always thanked me and could offer no reason for having even spoken to me in such detail about whatever was bothering them. I felt I was there for that reason on that day, it helped them out - I'm happy for that. As an adult this still happens to me no matter where I live. But like my grandfather says - it may well be my 'mission' to offer a listening ear for others.