Have you ever been in a situation where there were only two options available and you took the safer path even if you knew you should have been braver? 

Life confronts us with dilemmas - e.g. starting your dream business or keeping your current job? Getting married or not? Having children or not? Breaking up a bad relationship or staying in it…?

Each choice we make, “big” or “small”, “difficult” or “easy”, always brings about consequences.

Way too often, we tend to focus on what could go wrong, letting fear decide for us, instead of having faith and taking the leap.

But, what is faith all about?

Faith is the feeling deep inside our hearts that things will get better no matter how challenging life is now. 

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase”. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let me be crystal clear about what I mean by the following eye-opening story which stresses why faith is important.  


Once a man got lost in a desert. 

His flask had already been empty for one day and he knew that if he didn’t find some water he would die.

Although the man was on his last legs, he didn’t surrender and he kept dragging his exhausted body looking for any sign of good fortune.

Suddenly he saw a small hut in the distance. 

He thought to himself: “It must be a mirage or a hallucination”.

But, having no other options he decided to walk towards the hut, and once he got close to it he realized the hut was real.

He opened the door hoping he could find some water inside. 

To his surprise, he saw a hand water pump.

Gathering his last bits of energy he started working the hand pump, but no water came out.

No matter how much he tried, the pump seemed not to be working.

Due to exhaustion, he stopped. 

He sat down, threw up his hands in despair, and thought to himself: “This must be the end”.

But, right then he spotted a bottle in the corner of the hut.

He was overjoyed; the bottle was filled with water and corked up to prevent evaporation.

The man immediately uncorked the bottle and was about to gulp down the life-giving water when he noticed a piece of paper attached to the bottle.

It read: “Use this water to start the pump, but, don't forget to fill the bottle when you have done”.

The man was at a crossroads. 

He could follow the instructions and pour the water into the pump, or he could ignore it and just drink the water.

“What if the pump doesn’t work? What if the underground reservoir had long dried up? What if the message on the paper is false?”, the man thought to himself.

But then, he took a leap of faith and with shaking hands he poured the water into the pump and started pumping.

Soon he heard a gurgling sound and at last, the water started coming.

The man couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw how much water was available now.

After quenching his thirst and once he felt refreshed the man started scouring the hut looking for something else that could be useful.

He found a map of the region and some supplies of food.

The map showed he was still far away from civilization.

But, at least, he knew where he was now and which direction to go, plus what he needed to bring with him to get to the closest inhabited place.

He then gathered some food, filled his flask for the journey ahead; besides he topped up the bottle that had saved his life and put it back where he had found it. 

Before leaving the hut, the man added his own writing below the instructions: "Believe me, it works!".


You may not be confronted with a situation like this implying a death or life decision.

Yet, all of us have our own journey to take and our own choices to make.

If the choices we make go our way we can inspire people by telling them: “Believe me, it works!”, so that they may take the leap too.

If they don't go our way we can always learn from our mistakes and above all share our realizations with others.

As a result, they will have the opportunity to make the “right” choice.

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible”. - Thomas Aquinas

You may be at your crossroads now wondering: “What if pursuing my dream doesn’t work”?

But, let me ask you, what if it does work?

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    1. You are welcome, Christine😃 I am glad that the story has inspired you, and hopefully helped you look at the challenges you are facing and the choices you are making from a different perspective.

      So that by having faith that things will get better, you’ll take the leap and do what you know you should do, even if it scares the hell out of you now.

  1. My favourite is “Use this water to start the pump, but, don’t forget to fill the bottle when you have done”.This is a command and now a day it’s really not easy to trust anyone! What if the water has killed him. I believe that in every situation in our life, there is always someone caring for us good or bad times and it is only our conscious response to it that will determine how far we will go in life.

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