Life is puzzling. The pieces come together when we engage on a journey of understanding and growth. — ShadowsPub
‘Puzzling’ from the verb ‘puzzle’ originated in the 16th century. No pun intended, but, it’s a puzzle where the word came from. While puzzles come in many forms, I’ve always enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles. The first jigsaw puzzle was created in 1767 by John Spilsbury, a British engraver and mapmaker.
These days, with a mischievous feline in the house, I don’t attempt to do jigsaw puzzles. She would insist on ‘helping’ while the other cat would likely think the pieces were new toys to play with. I think you get the picture.
A social organization I’ve been involved in has a clubroom. It’s not a busy room, so we set the table up and spread out a puzzle for the members to assemble collectively. I was fascinated to watch some of the members, who were usually non-stop movement, be drawn to sit down and spend quiet time fitting some pieces into the puzzle. It really can be somewhat meditative.
I’ve often thought of a puzzle as an analogy to life. When we arrive from the creator, source energy, we do have a future purpose. I believe this to be why so many of us find ourselves reaching a point in life when we struggle with the question, “What is my purpose?”
Deep in our souls, we know we are here for a purpose but don’t yet feel aligned with it. Whatever it may be. In many ways, the universe has been putting together the pieces of my puzzle since I was born. Looking back, I can see where outside influences changed the direction of my life. I can also see where I’ve had experiences or met someone who sparked me into a course correction. I’ve known intuitively the shift was what I needed to do.
Pause and think back. Do you remember being drawn away from what you wanted to do toward what others expected of you? Have you had the experience of being pulled back toward what you wanted to do? Did it feel like a door had just been unlocked?
When honouring that intuitive draw toward alignment, you’re putting pieces of your life puzzle into place. I’ve been experiencing being able to put…