"But we have no food!" his wife said. "No meat, no rice, no vegetables, nothing. We don't even have wood to light a fire to cook with."
"I'll think of something," said Nasruddin.
He looked around the kitchen, grabbed their biggest cooking pot, and went into the other room.
"Dear friends," he said, "if we had any meat or rice or vegetables, or wood with which to light a fire, this is the pot I would use to cook a soup for you!"
Inspired by: Nasreddin Hodja compiled by Alpay Kabacali.
Notes: This story is on p. 14 of the book.