I can’t think of a single instance in which taking the time to help someone else has been detrimental to me. At least, not in ways that really matter. Even competitors will receive my best efforts to help. One story that sticks in my mind is told by my former pastor, Ed Hauser, about an old man determined to rescue a scorpion floating down a river on a leaf. On the first and second attempt, the scorpion stung the old man and he dropped it back in the river. Finally, on the third attempt, he was successful.
“HA! Stupid old man. What did you expect? It’s a scorpion!” a nearby youth laughed and derided the old man.
“I didn’t save it because it of who he is but because of who I am.” Replied the wise old man.
Let us try to remember to help people. Even competitors. Even when there is seemingly nothing to be gained. Not because of who they are but because of who we are.