Thursday, January 5, 2012
Puzzles are popular at our family gatherings. They will group around the mess of pieces scattered on the table, competing to fit in more pieces, or the one elusive piece. "That's the one I have been looking for!" Most frustrating is for one person to walk up, look for a few moments, find a piece, fit it in and walk off triumphant, the others glaring at them.
This puzzle, here, had pieces all almost exactly the same shape. The colors were similar, all blacks, grays and whites. It was a frustrating challenge for them. I neglected to take a photo of the completed puzzle - should have, just for the sense of accomplishment.
The pieces of our days, of events, of circumstances, of relationships, can look as puzzling as this random pile. Making sense of it all, finding the beauty of the finished picture, seems elusive and frustrating.
How do we turn this:
And for our lives? One day at a time. One random hour at a time. One colorful person at a time. Fitting the tasks together, patiently trying to understand and fit them into a completed whole. The best we can do is to keep trying, attempting to fit random pieces together as best as we can see or understand. And if they don't fit, try another one, or turn it a different way to see a new perspective. And, finding the fun in the combined effort, working together through life with family and friends, not a solo task.
The next time (maybe today? [it is for me]) you are puzzling over life's complexities, think of it as part of a puzzle, fitting the pieces, your days together one at a time. And, have fun with it.