Sunday, January 6, 2019

One Puzzle Piece at a Time

...that's my new mantra, or maybe my old mantra, but I've just recognized it, because in practicality it doesn't seem all that foreign of a concept to applications I've been doing for years.


As I was putting together a jigsaw puzzle, a luxury I don't often get to do because of time constraints, it kept coming to my mind that life is like a puzzle and you just have to work at it, one piece at a time. How?


1. When you open the box, or start a new adventure, there are 2 types of people around you, those who dig right in to help you sort, and the naysayers (you'll never find time to do that!!...that's boring...you may start it but you'll never finish it). Side Note: If you're neglecting someone (ahem, our cat) they might not understand and try to sit on it or intentionally nudge pieces on the floor to try and get you to stop. 😸

2. Sometimes when you are sure every single thing you needed for your project was in place, you'll come up short, unable to locate a piece you knew was there before, but now is nowhere to be found.

3. The missing piece you needed, was right in front of you the whole time. You just needed to shift the section above you down a little bit to find the perfect fit.

4. When you get half way through the puzzle, people will snicker (You're still doing that?). Yes, mine was out for weeks but I kept at it...one puzzle piece at a time. When I got some vacay time, I really got to focus on it, and that quiet time was soooo nice!

5. Sometimes it gets a bit tedious or dull, especially if you're working in a section with all of the same colors or hues. True, but who ever promised it would be exciting every step of the way? With a puzzle, all you have to do is get up and go focus on something else for awhile, knowing the allure of it will eventually bring you back.

6. Sometimes it gets addicting. You are on a roll. You can't stop! This is GREAT!! But you've got to get up and make lunch for the kids. Ahhh, the dilemma. ;)


7. When you get towards the end of your goal, and success is clearly in sight, suddenly everyone wants a piece of the puzzle. People who ignored you and your project, or worse heckled it, can't resist picking up a piece to help.

8. When your project is all said and done, you're proud of what you accomplished, and everyone who sees it is smiling and openly glad you met your goals.

9. You take a picture and leave it out for a day so you can look at it.

10. You put it in the box, being careful to disassemble each piece carefully so the next person who opens it will have the joy of constructing it entirely on their own. You're feeling happy/accomplished/satisfied that you kept at it, all the while wondering what your new project will be. :)

2019 is a new year, and that always offers us a catalyst to jump start success for something we've been meaning to do anyway. I'm continuing on with my goals from last year, knowing I haven't reached them yet, but have taken active steps all of 2018 to keep moving towards them. I'm not there yet, but I'm at the half-way point, and still moving forward. Sometimes it gets boring, and sometimes I get eager/excited/anticipatory.  No matter what part of the journey I'm on though, I know I'm going to meet my goals...because I keep working on them, one puzzle piece at a time.

34 comments:

  1. My Mom loved jigsaw puzzles, and I would work them with her sometimes. You're right. There are life lessons everywhere, even in jigsaw puzzles.

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  2. Excellent analogy!
    Yes, there's always that one missing piece staring you in the face...

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  3. This is awesome that you had the time and patience to do this. I have never done such a big puzzle.

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  4. One step at a time. And sometimes the pieces hide, but that is ok too.

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  5. During a snowy winter on the farm, there was always a puzzled set up. Whenever Mom, my sister Mary, and I passed by the table, we'd stop and do a few pieces, and time would become an hour.

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  6. I find puzzles irresistible! We haven't done one in a while, perfect time with winter storms coming!

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  7. Such a great post and has a very deep wisdom behind it. As we read this article we might say that it's only a jigsaw puzzle but the true meaning is what's the best part of this post. A very great wisdom we can get from doing this kind of stuff.

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  8. I never could really get into puzzles. However, I think now they will be really relaxing for me. My kids love them.

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  9. I remember doing puzzles with my mom all the time growing up. My favorite ones were the Titanic movie scenes we had, it was my favorite movie.

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  10. I love how you compared goals to puzzle pieces. It’s so true. I never made the connection before but I think it’s one I’ll now you use too to remind myself.

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  11. I love this analogy! I also love puzzles - such a good way to meditate.

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  12. Keep on keeping on indeed. That one piece is a pain sometimes but there it is. And yeah, people want to jump on the bandwagon after you've done most of the work.

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  13. I love how you compare goals to puzzle pieces because it's so true!

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  14. Oh wow, This looks amazing. you are so talented in doing this. Looks like it was really hard. I hate puzzles but this makes me inspired

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  15. I love to always have a puzzle in the works! Keeps my brain working! I find them relaxing, but it always frustrates my grandsons because they say my puzzles are too hard!

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  16. I can relate! Great way to look at things! I'm continuing to put my puzzle together this year too!

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  17. I hope you cat doesn't steal any pieces!

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  18. I love puzzels! However, we don't put them back in the box. We glue the pieces together and hang it on the wall. :)

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  19. This is a great post! The comparisons you made between goals and puzzles are so true. It takes time but you just have to stick with it and not give up X

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  20. I like your analogy. My husband loves doing puzzles. I personally hate when he does puzzles because all I can focus on is the freaking mess on our coffee table for weeks. But it relaxes him so that's good.

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  21. Id love to start doing these with my daughter. it would be a great bonding time for us

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  22. Puzzles at my home equals more family time! we love them!

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  23. I like puzzles. Mica did to. Now he thinks he's too big for them. My Grandpa did them for years, so how could Mica be too big for them? He's not.

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  24. Yep, life really is a series of pieces you need to fit into one big puzzle. I do like a challenging puzzle at times, but right now I am looking to go into 2019 without having to shift around many pieces to make it all fit. Ease is the name of the 2019 game for me.

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  25. I love puzzles even since I was little. The most beautiful puzzles I used as table decoration while the other I used to disassemble and give to orphanage.

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  26. Greetings! Very helpful advice within this post! It's the little changes that make the
    biggest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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  27. i agree.. one at a time.. haha something i really cant do.. if i feel bore doing something - i'll jump to other one... i envy your patient

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  28. Very well written analogy for puzzles and life!

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  29. Puzzles can be so challenging at times, just like life. The more effort and work you put in, the more results you see.

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  30. I have a serious love for puzzles. I havent done any recently but I am thinking I need to

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  31. I love Ravenburger’s puzzles. I found one that had 10-in1 and I like that they glow in the dark, some had more pieces than others. I enjoy doing puzzles. I never thought about taking a picture of the puzzle after it’s finished, I think I will start doing that.

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  32. Great idea, I love jigsaws, sometimes we leave one out on the table so all the family can do a few pizzas in passing

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  33. I love this blog.And I enjoy doing puzzles. The comparisons you made between goals and puzzles are so true.

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  34. Looking at things through a whole perspective can be hard when piecing it together, but rewarding in the end!

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