You can hold on tight to things. Be stingy. Look out for yourself and your own best interest, and think about how little time you have to help.
Or you can be generous. You can help someone else because it is the right thing to do, because it is who you are and it is the way you carry yourself in the world.
Today I met a guy who helped me a lot for no good reason. I’ve spent exactly 30 minutes over a coffee with him, after exchanging a few emails, and I’m pretty sure this is just the person he is. No strings attached. Nothing to gain. A generous, honest, straightforward, humble, amazing person.
You can be sure I’ll do everything I can to return his favors in spades – especially because he’s asking for nothing in return.