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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Iron Pours and Ideas – What Could They Possibly Have in Common?

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Iron pours and pit-fired pottery. I had absolutely no idea what this meant, but there it was, right in front of me. The magazine ad said I could experience this at the Midwest Fire Fest.

I’m in! I LOVE new adventures, so this was right up my alley.

My husband and I jumped in our car and headed to Cambridge, Wisconsin. Never heard of this town? I’m not surprised since it only has a population of 1,457. But there they were – hosting this Fire Fest that totally intrigued me. Not even the steamy temperature or the threatening storms could keep us away.

Standing outside, we watched men and women dressed in fire protective gear throwing chunks of iron into this huge caldron, sparks flying everywhere. When the iron was so hot that it melted, they actually used large ladles to pour the hot iron into small sand molds previously designed by people attending the festival.

Do you see a similarity here?

Think about your ideas and your dreams. They start out in huge chunks, just like the iron. They are unshaped and in raw form. As you begin to move forward, fitting the pieces of your idea together, sparks begin to fly. You get excited, ecstatic and emotional as those pieces begin to mold into one form, one shape, one final idea. Wearing the proper “fire protective gear” is essential so you can tune out all the naysayers and keep moving forward, no matter how many people may tell you “it’s just not possible”.

As I move forward in life, creating and molding my own ideas and my own dreams, I was moved by the words of Flavia Weedn: “If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again”.

When your idea, your dream, is finally realized, those around you will be amazed by your tenacity. Many times, you even amaze yourself; seeing your sparks fly everywhere.

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