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.