Life is like a jigsaw puzzle. When you first start trying to figure out life as a toddler all of the pieces of the puzzle fit neatly into a hole designed just for them and most pieces have a handle that allows you to get a good grip on the problem. When you are an older child many times your puzzles have difficult nooks and crannies that sometimes look the same but are just not quite right and sometimes it is difficult to solve those puzzles but still when you finally get it put together it makes a picture of a warm fuzzy puppy.
In your teenage years, the puzzles are more difficult to fit together but if you are lucky your parents have put some of the edge pieces together for you and are willing to let you find the others with a little guidance. Edges are important in any puzzle as you always need some boundaries as a starting point to solve any problem.
Eventually, as an adult, you will have to find the edge pieces yourself. Often in a world filled with either gray pieces or a welter of pieces with so many choices and colors that it is sometimes difficult to even find the edges you need, let alone fill in the center. Too often you find that there are some pieces that will just never fit together quite right. Some you will force to fit into places where they really don’t belong. And there will be others that you will never actually find because they fell off of the table and have been eaten by the hounds of life that always seem to linger just below the work surface.
As you become middle aged your puzzles become more and more complex and it sometimes seems that you have mixed the pieces of several different puzzles together and then struggle to sort out the pieces. In some cases never getting all of the pieces back where they belong.
As you continue to work life’s puzzles sometimes with age comes the awareness that patience, persistence, and acceptance of the fact that not all puzzles are completely solvable will comfort you. Along with these insights, you gain the understanding that when you look at the whole puzzle of your life a few missing pieces shouldn’t bother you too much unless you choose to concentrate on what’s missing instead of what you have completed.
Finally, in retirement, you often begin looking for and hopefully finding those long lost large important pieces with strong handles. The ones that are important in your life.


About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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One Response to Puzzling

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful post – this was a great start to my day!

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