Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | ST Weekly Blog | Nov 20, 2017

To think out of the box is to think differently, unconventionally, and from new perspectives. You are not limited to thinking in terms of black and white. Better options exist. And thinking out of the box will lead you to these better options.

There are different types of people in this world. That is why we are confronted with unpleasant experiences. If we are provoked by every unpleasant experience, we will fail to devote ourselves to any worthwhile goal. In this situation, there is a better option—the way of avoidance. Instead of wasting your time being provoked into fighting, you should stick to the path of positive action and avoid negative action. There is a saying that illustrates this better option—“Dogs may bark, but the elephant goes on”.

Time and resources in this world are limited. We cannot afford to spend these precious things on ‘teaching someone a lesson’, or on retaliation, or other such negative actions. The price we pay for these futile engagements is our own progress and development.