If you’ve ever purchased a puzzle to put together perhaps during a holiday at a family gathering you know what a blessing and a curse it can be. You have to get one with enough pieces for everyone yet not too many pieces so that the task is insurpassable. It should be challenging enough for the older ones and yet not too difficult for the younger family members. It has to be themed.
And then the holiday rolls around and the puzzle sits on a table in forgotten sections while everyone eats, drinks, plays games, and reminisces about everything else leaving the puzzle forgotten and unfinished. So you stay up at night trying to get it together for everyone – determined to bring it to completion so others can see how valuable the experience could have been if only they took the time to bond over it. But you can’t finish it yourself and so you leave the table defeated. Then some random child, a cousin perhaps puts those final intricate pieces in at 2:00 AM in the morning while everyone is asleep. No one is there to see it and they shrug it off the next day like it was a big deal at all.
Consider instead that the goal was not to complete the puzzle at all…
“The real question one should ask when presented with a puzzle is, ‘Should I solve it? Do I really need to know the answer?”
― Tony DiTerlizzi, The Search for WondLa
Marily monroe said, “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together”
M Forster said, “we must be willing to let of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us”
Virgina Woolf said, “ Arrange Whatever pieces come your way”.
Maria Robinson said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending”.
Here’s to the puzzle of our lives – making sense of it one piece at a time.