The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the merchant's beautiful daughter so he proposed a bargain.
He said he would forgo the merchant's debt if he could marry the daughter. Both the merchant and his daughter were horrified by the proposal.
Black or White?
The moneylender told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty bag.
The girl would then have to pick one pebble from the bag.
If she picked the black pebble, she would become the moneylender's wife and her father's debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father's debt would still be forgiven. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.
They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the merchant's garden. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles.
As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag!
He then asked the girl to pick her pebble from the bag.
What would you do?
If you had to advise her, what would you have told her?
You might think these three possibilities:
1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.
2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and expose the moneylender as a cheat.
3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to save her father from his debt and imprisonment.
However, the above story will hopefully make us appreciate thinking outside the box.
The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble.
Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.
“Oh, how clumsy of me,” she said. “But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”
Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an advantageous one.
Here's another example of Thinking Outside The Box:
Imagine a big truck going under a low bridge and becoming wedged under the bridge. The truck is helplessly stuck… what do you do?
1) Conventional wisdom might be to cut the truck apart to free it from the bridge.
2) Another way to free it would be to raise the bridge if possible.
Well, these two methods attack the problem directly by addressing the point where the truck and the bridge are wedged together, right?
However, someone who THINKS OUTSIDE THE BOX solves the problem a different way.
Rather than raise the bridge, lower the truck… let the air out of the tires!
WHAT DO THESE 2 STORIES MEAN?
There are times when you may be faced with a complex problem — and sometimes it may seem like there is no good solution. But guess what? Most of them DO have a solution.
Sometimes you just need to think “Outside The Box”. ☺
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