**Please excuse any weird formatting. I am out of town this week and only have my phone**
Everyone has a different way of putting together a puzzle. Some people start with the corners and edges. This strategy has more to do with identifying the shape of the pieces first and then using the pictures and colors a little to make sense of where these similar shapes line up. Some people conceptualize the big picture by looking at colors and sorting it out that way. Some people jump right in without any sort of strategy, and make changes as they come up for what is the most effective thing to do in the moment.
One of my siblings taught me to start with edges and corners. One of my friends taught me about sorting by colors. I’m pretty sure I ended up being in the category of jumping in and doing what makes sense in the moment and changing my plan when what I was doing wasn’t getting the job done as fast as I wanted to. I’m not one for sticking to a consistent plan of attack. I also rarely even refer to the box to know what the puzzle will look like in the end.
When the puzzle starts coming together, I start to see my process and how some strategies worked and helped the puzzle come along and some attempts were less helpful and I quickly went in a different direction in a whole other area of the puzzle.
This is an excellent metaphor for my life! Different areas of the puzzle are similar to the many dimensions of my life. Two of the biggest sections of my life puzzle that continue to get the most attention are career and health. I have used several strategies to put the pieces together in each area. They are the most challenging and I keep seeing them from a different angle, which changes my plan of attack. It is both an educational and frustrating experience.
Right now the health section feels like the “big picture” keeps swirling around and changing. Did I turn the puzzle upside down? Am I accidentally turning the pieces over? Did the pieces change shape or color? Is this actually a 3D puzzle?? It is confusing, overwhelming, and my perspective continues to change. This is my section of the puzzle. Right now it is a big focus and I hope to shift to a different section with new strategies and set this one aside for a little bit.
Maybe some of you can directly relate to this metaphor. How do you work on your puzzle? Here’s one thing I know for sure, it takes our entire life to see the whole picture come together. Keep going. Use your best strategy, and keep in mind that it is the most complex puzzle you will ever take on!