I shared a good laugh with my son Jordan the other night as I recounted some of the interesting challenges we faced during my three visits to Ghana, Africa…specifically around our attempts to bathe with poor water pressure.
“Honestly, it was like trying to wash your hair with someone just spitting on your head,” I joked.
We often ended up filling a cup with the s-l-o-w stream of water and dumping it over our heads. And we employed this simple work-around for our 2 week trips in 2012 and 2013. (At least this guest house had warm water!)
In 2014, we returned to the guest house in Accra. But on this trip, I discovered some new and interesting information about our accommodations.
I can’t recall how the conversation unfolded or even who it was with. But I clearly remember learning this helpful little tidbit of info — when you want to take a shower, let the manager know and he will turn on the water pump.
My jaw dropped. You’ve got to be kidding. How many “showers” had we attempted with drool level water pressure only to find out that all we had to do was ask?
I had fallen into the trap of assuming once again. It made sense to me that the water pressure would be poor in a developing country. So I accepted it as such and didn’t think any more about it.
It seems this simple life lesson has required a lot of repetition in my life.
Hmmm…in what other areas of life have I settled, when all I have to do is ask?
*In 2012, 2013 and 2014 I had the delightful privilege of leading small teams of volunteers to Ghana with an organization called Possibilities International.