You can keep trying, but you are never going to get hot water out of a cold water tap.
Oh, you can turn the handle.
You can wait.
And wait some more.
You can wait all you want, sugar, but face it – when you turn the faucet with the C on it what you’re going to get is cold water.
Of course, if you want hot water all you need to do is make sure you turn the handle with the H on it in the first place.
It’s just that simple, and just that vexing – all at the same time.
Do one thing, get one result.
Do another thing, get another result.
But when you do one thing expecting the result of doing another thing – you’re waiting forever for the impossible.
I only mention this because it’s happened to me. In my house, the hot water goes from the basement – which is underground – to the top of my house in possibly the most circuitous, time-consuming route in plumbing history. It would actually be a lot faster to tote a bucket of hot water up four flights of stairs than to wait on the pipes to do their job.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve opened up the tap expecting hot water to show up in due course, only to find that I turned on the cold rather than the hot.
And once I realize I’ve been waiting for five minutes with the cold water faucet running full bore, I feel like a total dope.
It occurs to me that there are plenty of places in our day where we turn the cold tap expecting hot water. Like those times when we’re waiting for something to be different than what it clearly is. Like waiting for the mean boss to become a nice boss. Waiting for the office gossip to stop gossiping. Waiting for the neglectful to start paying attention. Waiting for the moment for our significant other makes us feel significant, too. Waiting, waiting, waiting.
We expect that if we just hold on, just keep steady and… wait…. Things are bound to change.
They’ve got to change.
Don’t they? We’re waiting here.
But hot water doesn’t ever come out of a cold water tap.
Are you waiting on something in your life to be different? Think you might have turned the wrong handle? Check it and if you have – for the love of Pete – turn it off. Turn it off quick.
And give a twist to the faucet that’s going to give you what you want. It really is that simple.
You may have to wait a minute or two, and that’s fine. Because what you’re going to get – warm, clean, pure, refreshing – is going to be exactly what you needed in the first place.