There are Many Ways to Solve Problems

There once was a remote, peaceful village in a quiet secluded forest. One day a small boy and his family settled into their new home. As the boy unpacked he immediately reached for his favorite possession, a large circular drum.

The boy banged his drum all day and loved every moment of it. But as night fell, he would not be quiet, no matter what anyone else said or did. Several of the neighbors called and asked his parents to do something about the drumming. But nothing worked and the drumming continued.

After many sleepless nights, the neighbors decided to take confront the boy themselves. The first neighbor told the boy that if he continued to make so much loud noise, he would perforate his eardrums. But this reasoning was too advanced for the child, who was neither a scientist nor a scholar. The second neighbor told him that drum beating was a sacred activity and should be carried out only on special occasions. The third offered all the neighbors plugs for their ears and ignored the boy completely. The fourth gave the boy a book of music. The fifth made threats of violence. The sixth tried to bribe the boy with other toys. But still the boy kept drumming.

Eventually, an old man came along. He looked at the situation, handed the boy a hammer and chisel, and said, “I wonder what is INSIDE the drum?”

* the author is unknown and the story is considered public domain

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Shared by: Aaron Karmin, LCPC, Contributing Blogger

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