I have some pretty wonderful friends. Yesterday, when I arrived at work, I found this sitting on my desk:
What a perfect gift, combining two of my favorite things in life! Puzzles, and kittens! I can’t wait to break it open and start working on it… the problem is that I just started a different puzzle a few days ago, and it is a really hard one! A friend lent it to me in a puzzle exchange, but I have been putting off starting it for a while now because I knew it would be super tricky. Here’s where I’m at so far:
The cool thing about working on a really hard puzzle is that somehow it still always comes together in the end. I was thinking about that this morning as I put a few pieces in. There are some puzzles that just seem like an impossible feat in the early stages. But as you progress along and fit piece after piece into the bigger picture, it gets easier and easier.
I guess life is a little bit like that—at least, I have found it to be so at times. Whenever I start working on an area of weakness or a struggle in my life, it seems completely overwhelming and impossible at first. But then, piece by piece, the journey starts to take shape and it gets a little bit easier with every small success.
I have been experiencing this throughout the course of my Braver Than Before experience. In the beginning, I was just a heap of puzzle pieces, piled up in a chaotic mess. But day after day, the pieces have started to form a beautiful picture… one that tells the story of growth, recovery and life change.
I also noticed something else this morning, as I was working on the hamburger puzzle, that I found rather interesting. Numerous times when I went looking for a specific piece, I would indeed find a piece that I could fit into the puzzle, but it was not the one I was looking for. Rather, I would find a piece that I knew I could identify as belonging elsewhere, often on the complete opposite side of the puzzle than where I was currently working.
It reminded me that sometimes life unravels differently than we expect it. Sometimes you start out on a journey in search of something, but sooner or later you realize that you have found something completely different. And not better or worse, necessarily, but just different. Something that will lead you down a different path, to different pieces that you didn’t even know you were looking for. The beauty of it is that, in time, all of the pieces will still come together to create something truly unique.
You can’t force puzzle pieces to fit where they don’t belong. And honestly, sometimes it really looks like a piece should belong somewhere when it actually doesn’t. But no amount of pressure will make it lock into place to complete the picture if that is not where it is meant to be.
I want to have this kind of perspective when it comes to my life. I want to be okay with the fact that even though I can expect pieces to fit a certain way, sometimes my expectations will be wrong. I want to be able to trust that the bigger picture is still coming together. And I think that one day, I will be glad that I allowed the pieces to fit in where they really belong, rather than trying to force them into the picture at a time or a place that wasn’t meant for them.