Friday Fodder – Ingenuity

Once upon a time…

An old man lived alone on the border of NSW and QLD, Australia. The seasons were changing, and it was time to spade his sweet potato garden. However, the old man was frail, and it was physically taxing work. His only son, who would usually help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son expressing his sadness at the situation:


Dear Son,

I am feeling a bit low because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my sweet potatoes this year. I hate to miss planting the garden because your mother always loved this time. I guess we will just have to forfeit the extra money this year. I am getting way too old to be digging up a garden of this size. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. Perhaps next year you can dig the garden for me when you get out of prison.

Love, Dad.


Shortly after, the old man received this telegram:

‘For Heaven’s sake, Dad, don’t dig up the garden!! That’s where I buried the GUNS!!’

At 4 a.m. the next morning, a dozen federal agents and local police officers showed up and dug up the entire garden without finding any guns. Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling him what happened and asking him what to do next.

His son’s reply: ‘Go ahead and plant your potatoes, Dad. It’s the best I could do for you, from here.’

“When the wind of change blows, some people build walls, others build windmills.”

― Chinese Proverb

Moral of the Story:

Constraint inspires creativity. Creativity can solve almost any problem. We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. Do what you can with what you have, from where you are. The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.

You won’t change anything significant in the world if you try to be like it. Change comes when you do something different. When the whole world is entrenched in the bunker of physical and emotional isolation, only flexibility and ingenuity can revive us. Necessity may be the mother of invention, but ingenuity is the bombshell of success.

“The telephone did not come into existence from the persistent improvement of the postcard.”

― Amit Kalantri

Affirmation: My ideas and creations are unique and exquisite.

I have a wealth of good ideas. Everything in my life inspires me to create. I give myself permission to draw outside the lines. I am inspired by the beauty in my life and all around me. I wake up with good ideas every single day. I gift the world through my creative expression. I have an endless supply of creativity. My creative gifts are well received by the world. I consciously direct my creative compass to projects that I adore. Every day that passes I become more and more creative. My imagination is exploding with ingenious ideas. Art is medicine for my heart. I focus my creativity on my high vibe projects. I celebrate my life through my unique creativity. I delight and inspire others though my creative expressions.

“As soon as you open your mind to doing things differently, the doors of opportunity practically fly off their hinges.”

― Jay Abraham


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