When the valve on a water faucet is closed, obviously there’s no water flowing out of that faucet. What’s also true is that there’s no fresh new water flowing into the faucet. There’s a little water in the faucet, behind the valve. And with the valve closed, with no water flowing out, it is physically impossible for any more water to flow in. The only way to get some fresh water flowing into the faucet is to open the valve and allow the water that’s already in the faucet to flow out.
So what does this discussion of plumbing have to do with anything? It illustrates an important concept of flow. If you wish to have anything flowing into your life, you must have an equal amount of that same thing flowing out from your life. That’s the nature of flow. When you try to hoard something, or hold on too tightly to it, the flow has to stop.
The way to get good things flowing into your life is to have a use for them. In other words, have a way for that goodness to flow out from you. Just as there is no shortage of water in the pipeline connected to your faucet, there is no shortage of abundance in the universe. To the extent that you allow it to flow out toward meaningful purpose, it comes to you.