The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
—Henry David Thoreau
Mitchell Sipus is a humanitarian aid worker and consultant who has worked in some of the world’s most conflict-laden environments: Ethiopia, Lebanon, Somalia, Syria, and Afghanistan.
He was hired by the mayor of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, to help solve some of the city’s problems. Mitch does a lot of exploring and observation when he enters into something like this. He immerses himself in the situation.
Among other things, he simply walks around and asks people questions, like:
“How do you feel about your life?”
“Is it everything you wanted it to be?”
“If not, why ...