Filling a sieve with
The teacher had given a discourse on creative thinking. Then his
disciples asked him to set them a problem that would require them to
think creatively. The sage gave them a sieve and asked them to fill it
with water from the sea, nearby. They were gone for a long time. Finally
he went down to the beach to see what they were doing, and found them
seated morosely around the sieve.
They scrambled to their feet when they saw him."You've set us an
impossible task, Sir,” said the oldest of the disciples. “It's just not
possible to fill a sieve with water.” "Are you sure?” asked the teacher,
picking up the sieve. “Sometimes it helps to step back and view the
problem from a different angle.”
He waded into the water and threw the sieve far out into the sea. It
sank.”There!” said the teacher. “It's full of water now.
Moral: Nothing is impossible