An old man was lost in the desert. He was running out of water, slowly dying of thirst, and had almost lost hope when he came upon an ancient, dry water pump, almost covered in sand and cobwebs. On top of the water pump was a note. It read, “If you fill the ballast with water and pump the handle hard and fast, you will be able to fill all your water bottles, and you will have enough water to get to the next oasis and live. Anything less, and the pump will not produce any water and you will die of thirst before reaching the next oasis.”
The old man thought long and hard about this. It would take all the water he had left to gamble on this water pump saving his life! What should he do?
Many of us are faced with a two-headed coin, and we need to make a life-changing decision.
One side of the coin – one head – is: My money is running out, I earn less than I need to live on, my savings and assets are being steadily depleted, and I am headed to bankruptcy.
The other side of the coin – the other head – is: I don’t want to spend any of my savings or realize any of my assets on a new money-making endeavour, because, in spite of the fact that both are dwindling fast and steadily, it’s all I have.
This is the dilemma faced by many on their way to desperation, dependency, and depression. “What shall I do? I have a two-headed coin!” I’m damned if I do, and damned if I don’t! THAT’S NOT TRUE.
Many success stories start with someone using all their resources to create a money machine that changes their lives, as in the analogy of the water pump.
Here’s the rest of the story: The man poured all his water into the pump, pumped that handle like a crazy man, and nothing happened. He pumped harder. He determined to pump until he no longer had any strength left. And eventually, water started to dribble out of the pump – fresh, crystal clear, ice cold water. As he continued to pump, the water eventually started gushing out – enough to fill all the water bottles he had and much more.
HE MADE SURE TO PUT THE NOTE BACK ON TOP OF THE WATER PUMP FOR THE NEXT TRAVELLER BEFORE HE CONTINUED, REFRESHED AND HAPPY, ON HIS JOURNEY.
This may be the water pump you have been looking for.
Robin Elliott IPS Safety Inc.