Be Others Centered

As the new year begins and gradually goes the way of history, it's important that we prepare to encounter and overcome inevitable, healthy conflicts within our spheres of influence. Let's consider the scripture in Philippians 2:3-4; “ Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

The following story will definitely buttress the truth in this verses: A father left seventeen (17) camels as an asset for his three sons. When the father passed away, his sons opened up the will.

The will of the father stated that the eldest son should get half of seventeen (17) camels. The middle son should be given one third ( 1/3rd ) of 17 camels.

Youngest son should be give one ninth (1/9th of 17 ) camels. As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the sons started to fight with each other.

So, they decided to go to a wise man.

The wise man listened patiently about the will. The wise man, after giving this thought, brought one camel of his own and added the same to 17. That increased the total to 18 camels.

Now, he started reading the deceased father's will.

Half of eighteen is equal to nine. ( 18/2 = 9 )
So he gave 9 camels to the eldest son.

One third of eighteen is equal to six ( 18/3 = 6 )
So he gave 6 camels to middle son.

One ninth of eighteen is equal to two ( 18/9 = 2 )
So he gave 2 camels to youngest son.

Now add this up;
9+6+2= 17 and this leave 1 camel, which the wise man took back.

Lessons to Learn
The attitude of negotiation and problem in solving is to find the 18th camel I.e the common ground. Once a person is able to find the common ground, the issue is issue is resolved. The common ground is that selfish perspective that puts others into consideration.

The 18th camel represents the attitude of looking beyond one's personal interests to accommodate the interest of others. And of course the 18th camel is unusual input geared towards making even a seeming odd situation. It promises to work for all forms of collections in the year! It's my prayer that this shall be for you a year of pleasant surprises as you put the others first. Stay bless!


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