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A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He descended a bit more and
shouted to a man on the ground, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend
I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."
The man on the ground below replied, "You're in a hot air balloon
hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You're between 40 And 41 degrees
north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude."
"You must be a
sponsor," said the balloonist.
"I am," replied the man, "how
did you know?"
"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is,
I believe, technically correct, but I've no idea what to make of your information
and the fact is I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help at all.
If anything, you've probably delayed my trip."
The man below responded, "You must be a Sponsee."
"I am," replied
the balloonist, "but how did you know?"
"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where
you're going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot
air. You made a promise, which you've no idea how to keep, and you expect other
people to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position
you were before we met, but now, somehow, it's my fault!"