Today’s post in the series Return to Our Senses in Lent is written by Cindy Todd social entrepreneur, Mustard Seed Village co-ordinator and facilitator for our upcoming workshop Igniting the Divine Spark
MacGyver…now there was a creative guy! Not sure how many of you recall the show, way back in the late 80’s early 90’s.
MacGyver was some kind of secret government agent guy who was incredibly creative at problem solving.
He could make a sound barrier to ward off the bad guys and in the video I’m including today, stops a bomb in the nick of time with a paper clip.
The phrase “doing a MacGyver” has become synonymous with innovative problem solving.
I hate to brag, but I did my own MacGyver thing a few years ago. Back in the day, I drove a big tall conversion van. I was at Miami airport with the Operation Mary team getting ready to head to Ukraine. Unfortunately, I took the wrong parking garage entrance and while I was okay height wise to get in, I wasn’t okay to navigate through. Almost, but not quite.
You know the horseshoes and hand grenades story, close wasn’t going to cut it. Departure time was coming close, there was a line of cars behind me…honking, tapping, being generally impatient and so, I put my best MacGyver thinking cap on and figured out a solution…I hopped out of the van and let about 25% of the air out of each tire. It worked! Wasn’t I proud…
And while I’ve never gotten into that type of situation precisely before, when I found myself unemployed and my family sinking financially a few years ago, I had to get creative again. First for us, and now for other struggling families. As Snohomish Soap Company grows, we can work and partner with a whole lot more women. Now I’m working on scaling…developing the model…and stepping out and making it happen.
This type of model, this idea of doing well by doing good isn’t new, although its definitely emerging as a respected, powerful business philosophy.
Creativity is at the heart of it and a much more cohesive business/life/community model is the result.
For the first time, our friends over at the Inhabit Conference will be hosting the Inhabit Enterprise Challenge, a forum and competition for a few of these new types of businesses to present to the attendees.
Get inspired! Get Creative! Get connected to other Parish changemakers in your community…
A good place to get those creative thoughts bubbling might be at our “Igniting the Divine Spark” workshop.