Often times we believe we don’t have a choice, and if we do it’s limited. But that isn’t true. There is always another option.
I read something today I thought was funny but true. I’m going to put it below. If you want to read more stories like this, go and check out at https://wealthygorilla.com/10-most-inspirational-short-stories/.
Thinking out of 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.
Needless to say, this proposal was met with a look of disgust.
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-stewn pathway 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 picked up two black pebbles and placed them both in the bag.
He then asked the daughter to reach in and pull a pebble from the bag.
The daughter naturally had three choices on what she could have done.
- Refuse to pick a pebble from the bag.
- Take a pebble from 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.
She drew out a pebble from the bag, and before looking at it ‘accidently’ dropped it into the mix of the other pebbles. She said to the loan-shark;
“Oh how clumsy of me. Nevermind, if you look into the
bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.
The pebble in the bag was 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 chose was white, and clear her fathers debt.
Moral of the Story:
Even when there are option in front of you and none are in your favor; if you’re smart enough you’ll find a way to make it in your favor.
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