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Finding Your Solution

9 Jun 2014   Shanti Gowans

A father left his assets, 17 camels, in his will for his three sons. After he passed away, his sons learnt that their father's will stated that the eldest son should get half the camels, the middle son should be given one-third, and the youngest son should be given one-ninth of the 17 camels.

As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or by 3 or by 9, the three brothers started to fight with each other. Finally, they decided to seek the advice of a sage.

The sage listened patiently about the will, and after giving it some thought, brought one of his own camels which he added to the existing 17. This increased the total to 18 camels.

Now, in accordance with the deceased father's will, half of 18 camels, i.e. 9, were given to the eldest son, one-third i.e. 6 were given to the middle son and one-ninth i.e. 2 camels were given to the youngest son. When added up: 9 + 6 + 2 equals 17 camels, which left one camel, which the sage took back.

The attitude of negotiation and problem solving through this story, is to find the 18th camel i.e. the common ground, in order to make it happen. Once a person is able to find common ground, an issue can be resolved. Whilst it is difficult at times to reach a solution, the first step is to believe that a solution can be found. If you think that there is no solution, you won't be able to reach any!

If you like this story, please share it with your friends and family. You could spark a thought, inspire them and possibly change a life forever.  

Be blessed. With love, Shanti. 


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