For a few weeks now, I have been working on this new thought process I sort of stumbled upon. While I’ve spent most of my morning transcribing and dissecting my amazing Palm and Natal Chart reading last night (seriously, I love when you meet someone with immense talent), I sort of felt like today was a good day to introduce this “theory” (I use that term lightly. Very lightly)
Today’s post is going to be a simple introduction to this new thought process. Laying down the foundation, if you will. In my hope of living a more intentional life, having weekly posts like this certainly inspire me to keep going.
The Soul is a Puzzle
You walk through the mall one day and see a beautiful picture in the window of a store.Upon closer inspection, you see that this beautiful imagery is actually a puzzle that was glued together. On a whim, you decide to buy this two thousand piece puzzle in hopes that you too can have that piece of art in your home. Like a child with a new toy, you arrive home anxious to put together this new puzzle. You pour a glass of wine (or, if you’re like me, baileys on the rocks), get comfortable and begin to open the puzzle. You empty the contents of the box and stare at the image, look back at the pile of pieces askew on your table or living room floor, look back at the final product and wonder if this was the best idea.
Inhale, exhale. You start organizing the pieces of the puzzle and as you move each piece into different piles, you begin to notice that certain pieces are beginning to come together. It takes time, but the more you become familiar with each piece, the easier it is to fill in the gaps to this puzzle that once seemed overwhelming. Slowly but surely, the puzzle begins to take shape.
Look back at that final product on the box one last time. However, this time, imagine the final image is a picture of you. All of those little pieces that were once stacked in an overwhelming pile were the pieces that create “you”. Not just “you” as an employee, “you” as a spouse, or “You” as a friend; no, the whole you. The pieces you don’t share with everyone, but the ones you know are there.
Each piece that once laid in a pile were labeled. Names of people who mean a lot to you, activities you enjoy, personality traits, your guilty pleasures, favorite food. Your memories described, the people you’ve lost, and the people you treasure.
Imagine looking at your life as a puzzle.
Yes, the puzzle as a whole is important. After all, the attraction of the aesthetic is what led you to purchase it. But, isn’t the journey to putting together the puzzle the attraction of it? Finding the correct pieces, working through frustration to fit each piece meticulously together. There’s satisfaction in finding answers, or solutions. There’s completeness that comes when you can work to put something together. It’s the challenge that attracts us to the puzzle, right?
While puzzles initially seem sturdy, it’s a known fact that puzzle pieces can fray, pieces can disconnect, and as any hobbyist will tell you, nothing is more tedious than attempting to frame the completed puzzle. When putting together a puzzle, it’s important to take care of each piece. Because, if they fray or become damaged, they might not fit seamlessly.
If our soul is a puzzle, it’s the journey of piecing it together that makes life so fulfilled.
This piece, or, continuing thought process, explores the idea of how our soul and life comes together in little fragments, and how we have to enjoy each moment of it.
Next Week: The Heart as the Center of the Puzzle.
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