I grabbed the things I would need and headed in to work early. On the way I was talking to my mom on the phone. She said that had happened at her work a couple times and asked if there was a drop ceiling.
Immediately my mind was like, "yes! I can just climb over the wall through the ceiling and unlock it!" My mom pointed out that I didn't really need to risk climbing over if I just had a broom handle of something to shove down and hit the doorknob. ..."Oh."
I get to work and my coworker said they had tried all the spare keys three times. When I headed back for the ladder he said, "If you're thinking you can just hop over the wall, you can't. There is a vent." So I tell him I am just going to try to hit the knob from over the wall.
My first attempt was with a duster that had an extendable handle. It was too floppy to get the knob. So I went back and was going to fashion something out of a hanger and another pole that was back there. I was all pumped up to get to create to solution. ...Then my coworker said, "Why don't you just use the spare crutch that is right here, the leg is extendable." ..."Oh...yeah..."
So that is what I used and yet my arm was still too short to get the crutch to hit the door handle. My coworker climbed up and tried, popping the lock and letting us in. Sigh. MacGyver never had this problem.
When MacGyver was busy looking around for his baking soda explosive compounds to make these crazy rescues no one ever said, "hey, did you think to use this baseball here and just throw it?" From hopping the wall, to fashioning objects together I was all set to solve the problem. Stepping back because I was too short and letting someone else fix it with a regular object that was already there was just...not as cool. Haha! But the end result was still the same and it gave me a laugh as I compared myself to MacGyver.
I'm grateful we got the door open. I'm grateful for my mom and coworker's input that made opening the door less fun but safer and faster. I'm grateful for the chuckle I got from my own over the top reactions. I'm grateful for shows like MacGyver that ignite my creativity. I'm grateful the old school MacGyver got to do his crazy over the top solutions even if real life isn't quite that dramatic. And really, I'm grateful real life isn't that dramatic.
When have you gone over the top with a solution? What tv characters inspire you when challenges arrive? Who do you brainstorm with to help sort out a problem?
May today allow us to laugh at ourselves. May we accept the help we are offered and be grateful for solutions that work.