I reflected on that moment, and realized that sometimes, that's all I want too. Someone to notice that I'm hurting. Someone to say, "Ouch--that must have been painful!" Maybe I don't need a cure to make it all better. Maybe what I need is some temporary acknowledgement that sometimes I get scratched as I go through life and that for a moment, life is less than pleasant.
Sometimes, all your friends need from you is a sympathetic word, an encouraging smile, or a warm hug. And maybe sometimes they just need you to take a picture of their pain.
There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear.