Mid-December, 1995. It was a dark and slushy night. I stopped by the library just before it closed to get a book on hold. I was at the front desk when my friend Cindy walked in the door, looking distressed. Her car wouldn’t start, she lived 30 minutes away, and her husband wasn’t home yet. And it was December.
“I only know one thing about cars, but I’d be glad to try it,” I offered. We had an Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera Wagon that was easily flooded. My husband had taught me how to open the hood and stick a pen in the carburetor to hold it open. The car often flooded, but I could always fix it. It was that kind of car. I had used the pen-in-the-car trick many times to keep from getting stranded.
I left my books inside; we held onto the rails as we threaded our way down the steps to the street. The snow had turned to rain. Cindy popped the latch, I opened the hood like Mechanic was my middle name, and stuck the pen in the carburetor. “Now try it,” I coached. The car started like a top. Oh. my. goodness. I danced in the puddles, whooped and hollered. It was a moment of victory unlike any other in my life. I fixed a car!
Sometimes it only takes one piece to solve to puzzle. When the odds of getting an answer look bleak, when the chances seem impossible, you don’t need a dozen possible choices. There may be many interviews, but it just takes one job offer to become employed. There’s no need for a dozen Mr. Rights to choose from. It only takes one.