I was enjoying a quiet walk a few years ago. As I approached one of my neighbors’ homes, I could hear a garden hose running. Not wanting to get wet, I crossed the street. Glancing to my right, I could see the hose running at full strength into a large planter.
The planter was overflowing and the water draining down the side and into the driveway. A little stream was running right down the other street. Crossing back across the street, I thought I would turn off the hose. Clearly someone left it on by mistake. Only a few steps later, I saw my neighbor.
“Sharing too much drowns a listener, destroying opportunities for growth.” -Skip Prichard
“Hi. I thought I would turn off your hose,” I said.
“Oh, I’m watering everything a lot extra today,” before adding, “We’re going away for a few weeks so I wanted to water in advance. It’s going to be really hot this week!”
“Not sure it works that way,” I said, smiling. “I’m happy to water everything for you,” I offered.
After he declined my offer, I shook my head and continued my walk.