The first son was to receive 1/2 of the camels.
The second son was to receive 1/3 of the camels.
The fourth son was to receive 1/9 of the camels.
Now the sons pondered and pondered how to divide the camels according to their father’s wishes. Because you can’t divide 17 camels in half, in thirds, or in ninths. Their debating went on day and night for many days.
Finally, after quarreling for some time, they decided to visit a wise old woman. They told her their story and she went away to think about it. Shortly, she returned and told them that she did not know the answer but that she had a camel that they could have.
Now there were 18 camels.
The first son was able to take his rightful half and go home with 9 camels.
The second son was able to take his rightful third and go home with 6 camels.
The third son was able to take his rightful ninth and go home with 2 camels.
Since that left one camel unclaimed, the sons returned the old woman her camel and all was well in their family.
What change of perspective do you need in order to find a solution to your problems?