Sometimes my shower makes me really mad. But I know it is trying to teach me something about patience and greed. If I get into the shower as soon as it starts, the water won't be that hot. I like it hot. The temptation is to turn my shower faucet all the way to the left (Left=Hot) to get more hotness. It might initially be kind of hot, but my impatience and greed will be punished by my shower. It will turn cold very quickly. Or maybe I just get used to that temperature and want it to go hotter--but it won't. It's already all the way to the left. "You get nothing but lukewarm water in return for your greed," says shower. I hate you shower! But I know shower is right and I am ashamed of myself.
My shower is teaching me to wait--to let shower warm up. I turn the handle just a little to the left of center. It's like I am saying to shower, "This is enough for me. I am satisfied." But we both know that if I wait long enough just left of center will become very hot. Not only that, shower rewards me (if I wait long enough) by letting me turn the knob a little more to the left--hotter, and even a little more to the left--hotter still, surpassing any kind of hotness shower would have given me if I had immediately turned it all the way to the left. Clever, kind, shower.
I used to think that I was tricking my shower with the just-left- of- center bit--that shower would think, "This is hot enough for her? I'll show her what I can really do!" But now I know that there is no tricking shower.