Pieces of the puzzle

Kathy Krugerfind your flow, go with the flow12 Comments

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.

Maybe a quarter of the way there

Maybe a quarter of the way there

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).

The world globe light that makes things really easy to see and looks really nice too!

The world globe light that makes things really easy to see!

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).

Do not move a muscle Little Yang!

Do not move a muscle Little Yang!

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.

Half way?

Half way?

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.

Some parts are easy

Some parts are easy


It all comes together in the end

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?


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12 Comments on “Pieces of the puzzle”

  1. homelifesimplified

    I love puzzles and we have heaps but the girls never want to do them anymore. Might set one up this week. Love your post xx

  2. Me

    We have done quit a few puzzles and got them frames. It’s been a long time since we did one but after reading your post I feel like I should get them out again.
    I hear what you say about having to walk away and then re-focus and carry on – well done on finishing it. I think I may see if I can find one similar to this for A as he loves puzzles and I’m sure would love a world atlas one.
    Have the best day !

  3. Renee

    Looks awesome! It makes me want to do a puzzle again. I used to love doing puzzles, but haven’t done one in ages. It really is relaxing. I think I’m mainly a detail person. Yes, definitely a detail person 🙂

    1. Kathy Kruger

      That’s great Renee – perhaps we should partner on a puzzle (and some wines) sometime – you can do the ocean piecs and I’ll sort out the pieces into continents!

  4. Delaney

    That’s an awesome puzzle! It makes me want to pull one out to put together.
    We haven’t put a puzzle together since Christmas.
    I am definitely a detail person and tend to get “paralysis by analysis”…
    Tahiti is on my list of getaways, too….Or Bora Bora. Dreams…….

    1. Kathy Kruger

      Thanks for visiting Delaney and sorry for the long delay in replying. I’m going to check out your website now – sounds ‘fabulous’ – as does Bora Bora.

  5. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me

    I’m puzzle mad, have always been but it’s harder now to find the time, or maybe I just do other things instead. I try to look at big picture, but it’s not always easy. I always start with the outside and work in 🙂

    1. Kathy Kruger

      Wow I’m behind on responding to comments – we will have to tackle a puzzle together one day over a few wines! I’m an outside in person too – can’t imagine any other way.

  6. coloursofsunset

    wow that is quite an achievement, given all that water that LOOKS THE FREAKING SAME! I hate puzzles, but my mum, one of my sisters and my husband loves them. I remember looking at all 3 of them working on a puzzle one Christmas and going “you can have it!” they frustrate me to no end. I guess that means I’m a big-picture person – skip the details give me the picture!

    1. Kathy Kruger

      Thanks Aroha – yes the water was quite the challenge, especially with the small box that I couldn’t read. Whilst I got some strange sense of satisfaction out of individual pieces I really liked seeing the world in a new big picture way.

  7. Tegan Churchill

    I used to love doing puzzles when I was younger and would time myself to see how fast I could do the ones I had already done a 100 times (I was an only child until I was nearly 12…I found interesting ways to amuse myself lol). I think I am more of a details person, only because I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the bigger picture, and prefer to micro manage. My motto is life is only a series of baby steps.

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