What If I'm Wrong?

When I was in 8th grade I had a math teacher who would give us weekly brain teasers to sharpen our problem-solving abilities.  I looked forward to these times because there was one dollar awarded to the person who came up with the answer first.

You might not believe it to know me now, but I once had a very sharp mind and was good at unraveling the riddles and lining my pockets with “dollar bills, y’all!”  When I think back to what made me so quick to unlock the key to whatever conundrum he’d given us is that I’d asked myself, “What if I’m thinking about this all wrong?  What am I not seeing?”  Invariably, the answer would emerge...