Do you wait until you have all the pieces of the puzzle until you start? Would you ever begin?
Do you know where you are heading before you set off in the direction you want to go, or do you step (bravely) towards your soul’s calling without knowing the destination?
I’m pondering these questions after completing a 500-piece World Map puzzle over a few (lazy) determined hours on the weekend.
I did have some initial help in what was supposed to be a family afternoon activity, but while their interest waned my resolve kicked in – I could not let the world beat me (literally)!
But have you noticed how much ocean there is on our little ol’ planet earth?! (strange how we call it Earth, when its actually mostly water – but I digress).
I rarely (never) do puzzles, other than the pre-school variety that can be completed in fewer than 20 pieces and preferably five minutes.
Dividing something up into lots of pieces seems too complicated when things can be achieved in straightforward steps (left brain) or in leaps and bounds with creative inspiration and intuition (right brain).
But jigsaw puzzles, according to neuroscience, are actually good for balancing the brain (so you’d think ‘balanced-obsessed’ me would do them more often – I didn’t say I was that logical)!
Had I been rational, I would have employed the aid of an atlas or my lovely light globe (as in a world globe that lights up so that it’s easy to see!) to stop me getting stuck somewhere in the Southern Indian Ocean (because we sadly understand from the search for Flight MH370 that its hard to find anything there).
Instead I persevered with studying the miniscule writing on the box, which I could barely not read and sort of went with intuition and trial and error and deep breaths.
Through the continents – Eurasia with its mass of Russian and Siberian steeps, Africa with its patchwork of poverty, around the Cape of Good Hope with a sense of possibility, and all the way across to Australia. Miss Yin volunteered to piece together Australia! Big of her.
It was a lesson in perspective, as I considered the lives and problems of the world’s inhabitants, as I dreamed of travel to faraway places and was reminded that 70 percent of our planet’s surface is actually ocean (and 99% of the living space – no wonder us land-lubbers can feel crowded).
Completing a puzzle (speaking from my limited experience) requires you to see the detail and the big picture at the same time. It requires you to work towards the end game, while getting lost (in my case somewhere in the Icelandic Sea) in the flow of the activity. It’s a ‘find your flow’ thing to do.
Perhaps it didn’t help much that the puzzle of the world is flat while the earth is actually round (sometimes you just have to suspend past judgment and go with faith, Columbus!). Sometimes I had to walk away, squinting and then refocus on the big picture again (especially after hubby helpfully unsorted my continents).
Eventually I have to admit to quite the sense of achievement that all those island specks in the vast ocean ended up in the right place.
I’m aiming to trust myself like that – trust that while my steps might not always be logical, if I keep moving, one eye on the big picture of my soul’s desire, that I’ll get there – and the whole world, the meaning of life on earth, will make sense one day.
Can you do that too?
PS – meantime I’m reminded of the appeal of a tropical holiday somewhere in the Andaman Islands and why Tahiti would really feel like getting away from it all. I suppose it’s good to dream.
Linking up with Jess for another IBOT.
Are you into/good at puzzles?
Are you a big picture or detail person or a bit of both?
And where is your ultimate island holiday?