Dr Kenneth Blanchard, co-author of One-Minute Manager, warns against helping people too much by caring for and feeding their monkeys! He means that it is not helpful to take on somebody else’s problems (monkeys) as that only burdens you until you yourself collapse under the weight of these problems.
In Taiwan, the 68-year-old Gladys Aylward died as she lived — sacrificially. The London Evening Standard reported this event under the headline, “The Small Woman’s Last Sacrifice”, as she had become ill as a result of giving away most of her bedding.
In her mid-teens, April Fleming, an American schoolgirl, was dying of a blood disorder called polycythemia vera. In 1994, an American organization called Make-a-Wish Foundation asked April to make a wish which they would grant for her. To their surprise, instead of asking for a treat for herself, April asked the Foundation to buy Christmas presents for homeless children.
When the millionaire Percy Ross was six, he went from house to house selling eggs. He refers to this experience as his first selling job. His father told him to give his customers an extra egg from time to time. He discovered that his customers reacted as if he had given them an extra dozen eggs. He never forgot the advice: always give to your customers.
The human race would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it of their fellow-men; and only one who has not the power to grant it can refuse it without guilt. ~ Walter Scott