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Just puzzling…

December 31, 2014 1 comment

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Here in my neck of the woods, it is C-O-L-D.  Tonight’s actual temp is predicted to be 15 below zero with a windchill of 35 below!!!!  I’ve been staying snug indoors with books, movies, and a puzzle.  And what a puzzle it is. One thousand pieces that when all put together will look like Mount Rushmore.

Yesterday I began sorting the 1000 pieces according to color and shapes. This afternoon I finally got to the fun part and have now succeeded in putting all the edge pieces together to form a completed frame.  Sort of.  A couple of the pieces had required force fitting and so don’t lie completely flat.  I’ve discovered that some of the pieces that look almost alike are not interchangeable.  Each of the lookalikes would really fit better and the puzzle would lie flat as intended, instead of with ever-so-tiny bumps,  if I found the correct place and switched the pieces.

As I was comparing pieces and moving them around, I realized the multi-colored puzzle is actually a good metaphor for where I am in life.

Where do I fit in this new, upcoming year? 

What/where can I make a contribution to this world I am part of? 

I don’t want to find that I’m forcing myself into a position that would appear at first glance to work only because I haven’t looked around to see what other options might be a better fit.

With six bowls filled with color-organized pieces and my mind filled with questions about the future, I’m aware that both the puzzle on my mat and the one in my spirit will probably take longer to figure out than the current cold snap will last.  That’s okay.

It is, after all, the time of year to sort things out and then start to put the pieces together. And to remember that — though sometimes frustrating — completing a puzzle is most often fun and rewarding.

Happy New Year to all!