Last December, I gave myself the gift of some much needed down time. It had been a crazy, wonderful, fraught, busy, awesome year. I was on my own, so I snuggled up on the couch with a blanket, a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle and The Shawshank Redemption on the tv in the background.
I was more relaxed than I’d been for quite some time – still and calm and content. As I was ‘puzzling’ (my friend Donna’s verb for assembling a jigsaw), bits of wisdom were floating in about the process that seemed to also apply to life in general. These little nuggets would pop into my mind and I would dutifully write them down as if I were taking dictation. I’ve re-read them many times since and continue to use them as a guide. Perhaps you’ll find something in them that speaks to you as well.
- Be still, so you can see all your options clearly.
- Set your sights on what you want, but remain open to inspiration.
- You may not have everything you need to build what you want. Start building anyway – the missing pieces will soon become visible.
- Agitation can be a good thing. It moves everything around and provides a fresh perspective.
- Don’t get hung up on one part of the picture. If it’s just not happening, move on. When you come back to it, you’ll see it with fresh eyes from a new angle.
- Too many variables can be overwhelming. Be present and focus on one thing at a time.