A truck driver was doing his usual delivery to the mental hospital.
He discovered a flat tyre when he was about to go home.
He jacked up the truck and took the flat tyre down.
When he was about to fix the spare tyre, he accidentally dropped all the bolts into the drain.
Seeing no way to fish the bolts out of the drain, he panicked.
A patient happened to walk past and stopped to ask the driver what had happened.
The driver told the patient the whole incident.
The patient laughed at him and said, “You can’t even fix such a simple problem…no wonder you are destined to be a truck driver. Here’s what you do. Take one bolt each from the other three wheels and fix this wheel with them! Then drive to the nearest workshop and replace the missing ones, easy as that.”
The driver was very impressed and asked, “You’re so smart but why are you here at the mental hospital?”
The patient replied, “Hello! I stay here because I’m crazy, not because I’m stupid!”
(Tom: It is true that sanity and intelligence are two completely different things. Intelligence enables one to solve problems. The more intelligent one is, the more problems one can solve.
I read once that sanity had to do with being able to create problems to solve. That the insane are too firmly fixed on one problem. They have too few.
So any time you find yourself too firmly fixed on one specific problem, mock up (create, imagine) problems of comparable magnitude until you feel less fixed on it.)