This week’s post comes from Scott Peterson.
I was spending a little time on social media (try not to judge me), and I found this story/joke. It made me laugh and it also got me thinking. All too often when I’m facing a challenge or even just a simple problem, I get fixed on one answer or solution. When that happens I’m not leading well because the first answer or the quick answer is not the only answer. When I am open and curious about different options or answers, that is when I am most effective.
Remember two things:
1. There are different ways of thinking.
2. There can be multiple correct answers.
Enjoy the story below and continue leading the Interstates Way!
When Forest Gump died, he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter said, “Welcome, Forest. We’ve heard a lot about you.” He continued, “Unfortunately, it’s getting pretty crowded up here and we find that we now have to give people an entrance examination before we let them in.”
“Okay,” said Forest. “I hope it’s not too hard. I’ve already been through a test. My momma used to say, ‘Life is like a final exam. It’s hard.’ “
“Yes, Forest, I know. But this test is only three questions. Here they are.
1) Which two days of the week begin with the letter ‘T’?
2) How many seconds are in a year?
3) What is God’s first name?”
“Well, sir,” said Forest, “The first one is easy. Which two days of the week begin with the letter ‘T’? Today and Tomorrow.”
St. Peter looked surprised and said, “Well, that wasn’t the answer I was looking for, but you have a point. I give you credit for that answer.”
“The next question,” said Forest, “How many seconds are in a year? Twelve.”
“Twelve?” said St. Peter, surprised and confused.
“Yes, sir. January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd …”
St. Peter interrupted him. “I see what you mean. I’ll have to give you credit for that one, too.”
“And the last question,” said Forest, “What is God’s first name? It’s Andy.”
“Andy?” said St. Peter, in shock. “How did you come up with ‘Andy’?”
“I learned it in church. We used to sing about it.” Forest broke into song, “Andy walks with me, Andy talks with me, Andy tells me I am His own.”
St. Peter opened the gate to heaven and said, “Run, Forest, Run!”