“This pump is all right as of June 1932. I put a new washer into it and it ought to last five years. But the washer dries out and the pump has got to be primed. Under the white rock I buried a bottle of water, out of the sun and cork end up. There’s enough water in it to prime this pump but not if you drink some first. Pour in 1/4 and let her soak to wet the leather. Then pour in the rest medium fast and pump like hell. You’ll git water. The well has never run dry. Have faith.”
“When you git watered up, fill the bottle and put it back like you found it for the next feller.”
“P.S. Don’t go drinkin’ up the water first. Prime the pump and you’ll git all you can hold. And remember the next time your pray that God is like this pump. He has to be primed. I’ve give my last dime away a dozen times to prime the pump of my prayers, and I’ve fed my last beans to a stranger while saying A-men. It never failed yet to git me an answer. You go to git your heart fixed to give before you can be give to. Pete”
This sermon is called one of the best sermons ever written, I found it written in a book I was reading, which says the sermon was written on two sides of wrapping paper and with a stub of a pencil, mounted between two sheets of glass in a desert store in Southern California. The sermon had been stuck in an old baking poweder tin can for safe keeping to be used as direction for the only place to get water from in the long trail across the Amargosa Desert.
The story is one that many of us have been through who begin working in partnership with the high self. One where you meditate devotedly to make your wish (let’s say it is for you to get the perfect high paying job you want) to come true and it does, and then you get to sitting “high in your saddle” taking all of those bids making all of that money. Making that money you remember the nights you ate beans for dinner and it causes you to remember to give genrously to the poor.
But then you start getting worried that maybe a day will come when the won’t be there any more and so you start hoarding it away for only you. You stop meditating, having faith and you stopped helping the poor. Business now has begun to slow down, you are not so “high in your saddle” any more so you quit taking offers and bidding for jobs like you were. You blame your hard times on everything but your attitude and you end up taking a job that is for less pay and one that you are over qualified for. Hopefully you learned your lesson there is no “easy way” around priming the pump.
No man learns and surives on his own, we are all pulling for each other in the name of mutual good. All for one and one for all in co-operation, understanding, helpfulness and hurtlessness.
The greatest lesson is learning to work together