I’m about to admit how nerdy I actually am….
Ready for it?
I love doing jigsaw puzzles.
There is just something about taking a pile of randomly shaped pieces of cardboard and fitting them together to create a sensible picture. Time stands still as I work through the mess and create order out of chaos.
You can’t say I didn’t warn you.
At least jigsaw puzzles have a picture on the front of the box.
Life is a million piece puzzle that comes without a picture on the box.
The box gets dumped out and you start sneezing before the cardboard dust settles. There isn’t an edge piece in sight and there is no clear place to start other than where you are.
Instead of shoving all the pieces back into the box and running around asking people, ‘Do you know where the picture that is supposed to be on the front of this box is?” you need to start sorting through the pieces.
One piece at a time.
The picture starts to emerge as you work through things in life. The sooner you start the sooner you will have clarity on what you are building with all the pieces.
Life is messy and confusing, but the longer you work at it the more ‘ah-hah!’ moments come. The piece of mountain that connects to the mondo piece of sky, the strangely shaped piece finds a permanent home, and two edges come together to create a corner that marks the end of your work.
Be wary of people who tell you they know exactly what their puzzle is about but haven’t even cracked open the box to start seeing what fits together. They are too afraid to even start figuring it out. The people who are armpit deep in a pile of ‘stuff’ but are working diligently at putting it together – these are the people on the road to greatness.
The picture exists when you make it.
Maybe my love of puzzles makes me a crazy woman who will wear mismatched slippers and only talk to her cats when she is 87, but I just don’t care.
- Live your life and stop waiting for the picture on the box to appear.
Your job is to start putting the pieces together and lose track of all time while you are working at it.
We are waiting for your picture to emerge from the pieces and no one but you can put it together.