“The best way to beat a problem is to make it work for you.” –MacGyver
Ok guys, it’s time I get a little honest. I’ve know something about myself for ages and never told anyone, until now…
I have a superpower.
I can look at a situation or problem and immediately find a pile of solutions. It can be something simple as, “What’s for dinner?” I look in a basically empty kitchen but my brain finds meal after meal where someone else sees the need for a take-out menu. Or maybe it’s something that isn’t working right, I find a way to fix it, mold it, maneuver it, adjust it until it’s working for what’s needed. I love being a therapist because I am able to see things a little differently and help others learn to do the same. I can do what MacGyver talks about here, my superpower is making things work for me. Maybe that’s why I connect so much with this tv character, we aren’t just “out of the box” thinkers, we are “move the box and find another way” thinkers. Don’t get me wrong, I hit moments where this superpower is exhausting because I need to find a solution and there just isn’t one. I’m learning balance. I’m learning there isn’t always an easy way or a better way. Sometimes the box is needed and we have to be patient enough to carry it through. But I think everyone has this superpower – the ability to look at a problem and make it work for you instead of being overtaken by the fact that it exists. Life is moldable, flexible, maneuverable. It’s time for us to be too.
Sarah Deats is the Hope Inc. Stories Inspiration Engineer. Her goals are to make a connection with everyone that she can while building community, spreading hope, and sparking change. She believes that while life may not be easy, it is never lived alone.