The airlines have a safety instruction that in the event of an emergency you must put on your mask before assisting another passenger. The message is very clear – you cannot help anyone if you do not help yourself first.
If someone is ill you cannot help them if you aren’t healthy, if they are poor you cannot help if you are living in poverty. But if you are thriving and well you will have so much more to give.
If you want to be of true assistance to others you must always help yourself first!