The Tale Of Two Pebbles

by Stephen on November 9, 2014 · 31 comments

in Awakening, Education

Many years ago in a small Indian village, a farmer had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to a village moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer’s beautiful daughter. So he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the farmer’s debt if he could marry his daughter.

Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. So the cunning money-lender suggested that they let providence decide the matter. He told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty money bag. Then the girl would have to pick one pebble from the bag.

If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven. If she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.

They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the farmer’s field. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick a pebble from the bag.

Now, imagine that you were standing in the field. What would you have done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her?

Take a moment to ponder this. What would you recommend that the girl do?

The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.

“Oh, how clumsy of me!” she said. “But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”

The moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty. The girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.

By Edward de Bono

Most problems do have a solution, sometimes we just need to think in a different way.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chupa November 9, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Wonderful story, truly most problems do have a solution we just need to think in a different way.

2 Johnpl November 9, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Sometimes it just requires a moment of calm and concise thought. However, many times panic takes over and we can’t see a way out of scams, cheats and dishonest deals. Have a great day!

3 Paul mweteri November 9, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Very motivating and it has led me from nothing to something. Nay God bless you always Mr Stephen for giving as inspiration stories.

4 Kauser November 9, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Very good and motivating story! Thanks.

5 Abraham francisco November 10, 2014 at 1:54 am

Inspiring and crystal clear on the message ‘Honesty is even the best policy” even the monkey in its cleverness sometimes outwitted. Thanks Mr. Stephen may you have more Godly breathe wisdom..

6 Abraham francisco November 10, 2014 at 2:01 am

Dear Stephen,

May God bless you as ever as you share God breathe and inspiring
stories with high moral values…

7 Owen November 10, 2014 at 5:13 am

Wonderful story and really gives a good lesson.Giving up and excuses wont help but thinking a different and creative way help

8 Prof awuni November 10, 2014 at 6:17 am

Very inspiring

9 Swarup November 10, 2014 at 9:17 am

Quick thinking and presence of mind can pull you out from a difficult situation

10 Prajit November 10, 2014 at 10:25 am

Inspiring and useful. Look for the hidden solution from the problem itself.

11 Jack November 11, 2014 at 8:20 am

I love that

12 Nadine November 12, 2014 at 7:32 am

Thanks for the story..
yes it is true we need to think before talking..
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Thinking is a transparent mirror.

13 Swagata Singh November 13, 2014 at 9:25 am

Lovely…..extremely inspiring.

14 Atulya November 20, 2014 at 7:22 am

I really liked the story a lot, the girl had an amazing prblm solving ability.

15 Jason Kim November 23, 2014 at 5:55 am

That story is SMART! So cool.

16 Pelumi Awotedu November 26, 2014 at 3:52 am

Truly, most problems are jst lik stepping stones to greater thgs. Wat might possibly be disadvantageous might be converted to an advantage.

17 Lea Bagalanon January 1, 2015 at 9:19 pm

Hehehe nice one! How clever the girl is. I didn’t think of that one.

18 Sk January 2, 2015 at 3:39 am

love it

19 Francis clouis January 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm

I love all your stories and I’ve shared with my followers in facebook. God bless U n keep on the good job.. I’m glad to find ur blog

20 Francis Ngugi January 29, 2015 at 2:21 am

Thats one of the best stories i have ever read, i enjoyed it and learnt more for a life time.

21 Ritaborg March 7, 2015 at 12:06 am

This story is for sure a lesson from a great teacher i heard about the person that signed the story he is maltese and a very intelligent professor and respected in malta. And you Stephen you are our pride and joy for keeping us looking foward for a moment of happiness in a time of need. The story is amazing like both of you. GOD Bless Steve and Edward de Bono. (I am also maltese)

22 Rhea Bazgain March 17, 2015 at 2:39 am

Very motivative touching story….

23 Haruna Wakili May 10, 2015 at 12:31 pm

An interesting story in deed.

24 Jennifer July 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Wow…very very interesting

25 Tony Jumao-as October 29, 2015 at 12:09 am

Good action, Sharp thingking and presense of mind is the best tool to every difficult situation. thank you this beautiful story.

26 Qusaiy Mulla January 27, 2016 at 5:55 am

A very good lesson please keep posting

27 Ezechukwu blessing c March 24, 2016 at 5:31 am


28 MK March 31, 2016 at 7:29 pm

Very good, may you be well and happy, may be at ease and free from anxiety. Mk

29 Rohidas Atole April 22, 2016 at 2:25 pm

very nice story….

30 Oduro May 14, 2016 at 4:05 am

Nice story……..very educative.

31 Shivali July 22, 2016 at 9:38 am

A motivated awesome story

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