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Think Outside The Box

Short Inspirational stories are powerful reads; 

The great thing about them is that they’re so easy to
digest, and there’s always a moral at the end of the story. 

Whether they’re true stories or not is another thing, as
many of them are legends supposedly hundreds of years old. 

Here is a short  story about thinking creatively (outside the box). 

In a small Italian town, hundreds of years ago, a small
business owner owed a large sum of money to a loan-shark.  

The loan-shark was a very old, unattractive looking guy
that just so happened to fancy the business owner’s daughter. 

He decided to offer the businessman a deal that would
completely wipe out the debt he owed him.  

However, the catch was that we would only wipe out the
debt if he could marry the businessman’s daughter.  

The loan-shark said that he would place two pebbles
into a bag, one white and one black. 

The daughter would then have to reach into the bag
and pick out a pebble. If it was black, the debt would
be wiped, but the loan-shark would then marry her.  

If it was white, the debt would also be wiped, but the
daughter wouldn’t have to marry the loan-shark. 

Standing on a pebble-strewn path in the businessman’s
garden, the loan-shark bent over and picked up two
pebbles. Whilst he was picking them up, the daughter
noticed that he’d picked up two black pebbles and placed
them both into the bag. 

He then asked the daughter to reach into the bag and
pick one. 

The daughter naturally had three choices as to what
she could have done: 

Refuse to pick a pebble from the bag. 

Take both pebbles out of the bag and expose the
loan-shark for cheating. 

Pick a pebble from the bag fully well knowing it
was black and sacrifice herself for her father’s freedom. 

However the daughter thought creatively and came up
with a fourth option. 

She drew out a pebble from the bag, and before
looking at it ‘accidentally’ dropped it into the midst
of the other pebbles.  

She said to the loan-shark; 

“Oh, how clumsy of me. Never mind, if you look into
the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell
which pebble I picked.” 

The pebble left in the bag is obviously black, and
seeing as the loan-shark didn’t want to be exposed,
he had to play along as if the pebble the daughter
dropped was white, and clear her father’s debt. 

Moral of the story: It’s always possible to overcome
a tough situation through out of the box thinking, and
not give in to the only options you think you have. 

At Resilient Minds we help our clients grow their resilience
so they can perform at high levels on the really important
things in all aspects of their lives. 

Warm regards. 

Jamie Ford

 “Think left and think right and think low and think high.  
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.”

––Dr. Seuss 

www.resilientminds.co.nz
Thought Leaders in Resilience, Productivity, and Wellbeing
Jamie +64 21 772 079

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