Once a man got lost in a desert. The water in his flask had run out two days ago, and he was on his last legs. If he didn’t get some water soon, he would surely die. Suddenly, he sees a small hut ahead of him. It could be a mirage or maybe he was hallucinating in dehydration, but having no other option, he moved toward it. As he got closer, he realized it was quite real. So he dragged his tired body to the door with the last of his strength.
The hut was empty and looked abandoned. The man entered, hoping to find water inside.
His heart skipped a beat when he saw what was in the hut – a water hand pump…… It had a pipe going down through the floor, perhaps tapping a source of water deep under-ground.
He began working the hand pump, but no water came out. He kept at it and still nothing happened. Finally, he gave up exhausted. It looked like he was going to die after all.
He then noticed a bottle in one corner of the hut. It was filled with water and sealed to prevent evaporation.
He uncorked the bottle and was about to gulp down the sweet life-giving water when he noticed a piece of paper attached to it. Handwriting on the paper read: “Use this water to start the pump. Don’t forget to fill the bottle when you’re done.”
He now was in a fix. He could follow the instruction and pour the water into the pump, or he could ignore it and just drink the water.
What should he do? If he let the water go into the pump, what assurance did he have that it would work? What if the pump malfunctioned? What if the pipe had a leak? What if the underground reservoir had long dried up?
But then… maybe the instruction was correct.
Should he risk it? If it turned out to be false, he would be throwing away the last water he would ever see.
Hands trembling, he poured the water into the pump. Then he closed his eyes, said a prayer, and started working the pump.
He heard a gurgling sound, and then water came gushing out, more than he could possibly use. He was going to live!
After drinking his fill and feeling much better, he looked around the hut. He found a pencil and a map of the region. The map showed that he was still far away from civilization, but at least now he knew where he was and which direction to go.
He filled his flask for the journey ahead. He also filled the bottle and put the cork back in. Before leaving the hut, he added his own writing below the instruction: “Believe me, it works!”
This story is all about life. It teaches us that we must be responsible in our actions. What happens if he did not pour the water into the pump but drank it? He breaks the chain of responsible people. He breaks possibilities, success patterns.
The man did not know if his action would be rewarded, but he proceeded regardless.
Water in this story represents the Good things in Life
Give life some Water to Work with, and it will RETURN far more than you put in.
In the time of crisis, what is your responsibility? Regulating our social behavior is essentially one of the primary measures of civilization. To not conceal information about your illness is a responsibility. Remember we are in this pandemic because of irresponsible behavior in some pockets around the world. Stay home safe regardless of the need or the temptation to go out. Be responsible for your team, family, employees, society. Let the chain of responsible people continue.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for humanity to regain that chain of responsible behavior. Let’s keep it strong. To break the chain of corona… hold your chain of responsibility!