The Perfect Picture (Almost)

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In my last blog, I talked about fitting the pieces of the New Year together.  I got that idea from a 500- piece puzzle that was given to me over a year ago. I wasn’t eager to start it.  In fact, it sat on the shelf for many, many months.  Then for some reason, right before the holidays, I pulled it out, poured the pieces on a small card table, and began to piece it together.  I got hooked.  Every night, I sat at that table and tried to complete the scene that decorated the front of the box.

I don’t understand it.  I’m not a game person, and certainly not a puzzle person.  So why did this captivate me so much?  Around this same time, a movie was released titled Puzzle about a woman who enters a jigsaw puzzle competition.  Really?  There’s such a thing???

Well, that movie came and went from the theaters.  I never got around to watching it – until last night.  And I found the story totally captivating.

In one scene of the movie, the male character describes his obsession with puzzles.  He says:

“Life is messy, random and there is nothing you can do to control anything, but when you complete a puzzle, you know you’ve made all the right choices.  At the very end, the puzzle gives you a perfect picture.”

That’s it!  That’s why I’m enjoying this puzzle so much.  For one short part of my day, I’m guaranteed to make all the right choices.  I don’t have to guess.  Either the piece fits or it doesn’t.  I have it all under control.  For one short part of my day, I have all the answers.

With the challenges we face every single day, and the choices we lament over wondering if we’ve made the right one, I welcome the relief of this puzzle.

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Fitting the Pieces of 2019 Together

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It’s a New Year, and the way I see it, it’s like fitting the pieces of a puzzle together.  Now that 2018 is over, I find some missing pieces that somehow didn’t fit last year.  Let’s see:

Whoops, there’s the piece that said I was going to lose 10 pounds.  That one must have fallen on the floor.

Yikes, here’s the piece that was supposed to bring me more business.  That one must have stuck to another piece and I just didn’t see it.

Uh-Oh, here’s the piece that was going to help me slow down and enjoy the things that are important to me  That one must have stuck to the bottom of my shoe.

There’s a lot of missing pieces and a lot of goals I didn’t quite accomplish, but you know what?  I get to try again.  It’s a New Year and I can make a promise to myself to pick up those missing pieces, turn them inside out and upside down, and work with them until they fit.  I have the power to complete the picture that I see for my future. 

So, you see, you don’t have to throw the entire puzzle away.  You just have to look at it differently and see how you can make 2019 a better year.  Personally, I doubt that my own puzzle will ever be completed – and I’ve come to accept that.  My goal is to take my ever-changing life and cherish that unfinished puzzle, find the missing pieces that make it more complete, and be kind to myself, knowing I am doing the best that I can.  I truly wish you all a New Year filled with all the love, happiness and success your heart can handle.  After all, those are the most important pieces of all.

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The Key Word is ENHANCE

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You’ve heard it hundreds of times. As each New Year begins, you read articles, see TV ads, hear podcasts – all about New Year’s Resolutions.

How are you going to make your New Year better??

What changes are you going to make to be a better person???

It makes me want to scream! Don’t they know how hard it is to change?  Don’t they realize that I already feel guilty for not losing weight, not spending more time with my family, not saving more money, and a list of other failures?

I start each year really strong and work hard at my resolutions – until mid-January. Then I start to fade.  PLEASE, don’t remind me again of all the things I should do, but don’t.

So, this year, I’ve decided to try something different. Instead of looking at my failures and trying to correct them, I’ve decided to look at my successes and ENHANCE them.  Isn’t that a great word – ENHANCE.

This year, I’m going to make a list of all the things I got right this past year, and figure out a way to make them even better in 2016. For instance, I’m going to take more walks with my husband, enjoying his company, spending quality time together, and MAYBE a nice side effect would be better fitting jeans. But the difference is to concentrate on the positive – on what I got right, and just make it better.

What do you think? Is there something that you’re proud of doing this past year, and now you just want to take it to the next level?  Write it down and think of the word ENHANCE, then reach for the stars.   Take a close look at how far you’ve come this past year, and give yourself a pat on the back.   Nothing can stop you now.

What will you ENHANCE in the New Year?

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