A bishop invited a young priest to dinner. During the meal, the priest noticed some signs of intimacy between the bishop and his housekeeper.
As the priest was leaving, the bishop said to him quietly, “I can guess what you are thinking, but really our relationship is strictly proper.”
A few days later the housekeeper remarked to the bishop that a valuable antique solid silver soup ladle was missing – since the young priest’s visit – and so she wondered if he might have taken it. “I doubt it, but I will ask him,” said the bishop.
So the bishop wrote to the priest: “Dear Father, I am not saying that ‘you did’ take a solid silver ladle from my house, and I am not saying that ‘you did not’ take a solid silver ladle from my house, but the fact is that the ladle has been missing since your visit..”
Duly, the bishop received the young priest’s reply, which read: “Your Excellency, I’m not saying that ‘you do’ sleep with your housekeeper, and I’m not saying that ‘you do not’ sleep with your housekeeper, but the fact is that if you were sleeping in your own bed, you would by now have found the ladle.”
To be able to think outside the box, you need to solve problems in a creative way.
It helps to move outside of our area of comfort or our usual work stations when we’re trying to get that marketing strategy right or are simply trying to cause a smooth running of operations.
Adopting a new work station, changing the smell in your office or even repainting walls, may trigger new ideas and connect your mind easily to the solutions you’ve been waiting all year for.
No matter the problem, remember they are not new and there are creative ways to solve them.