For thousands of years, civilizations thrived on a culture of gift giving.
You had extra hay so I could feed my horse. I used my horse to plow the field. And come time for the harvest, I parted with extra crops.
Somewhere along the way though, we fell into this trap of thinking we needed to take care of ourselves first before we take care of others. That you can’t possibly fill someone else’s cup if yours is empty.
But that simply isn’t how we got here.
We got here from relying on each others. By trusting that when we feed the network, the network turns around and feeds us back.
To make things worse, we are taught from a very early age that it’s a dog eat dog world. Only the fittest will survive.
What exactly do you need more of to be generous?
It’s not money or time. We have more resources than any population in human history. All we need is to decide. To care more.
It’s just good business too. Everyone wants something from someone now. It has left us starving for true, authentic generosity. Something freely given away that touches us without any expectation of a return.
That interaction leaves a void that we want to fill. We want to thank someone for their efforts. And it inspires us to turn around and do it again for someone else.
May I suggest a different approach, rather than focusing on ourselves, instead:
Don’t run faster than what you have the strength to do.
By doing so, you don’t miss the little opportunity to help those around us along the way. Today. Right now. You can start with the resources you have.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.