I’m not a huge fan of jigsaw puzzles, but I am fascinated by the process of putting one together. You start with all these little pieces, a box top with a picture of what the puzzle is supposed to look like, and then you get to work. First, you may begin looking for the corner pieces or any piece with a flat edge so you can frame in the picture with the boarder. From there, maybe you look for all the pieces with the same color as a feature in the picture, so you can get that section put together. Eventually, many of the pieces get connected and the picture starts to come into view and look exactly like the picture on the puzzle box.
What’s most interesting about the puzzle assembling process is how much time is spent looking at the picture on the puzzle box. We constantly glance at it in order to get a clear picture (literally!) of what the finished product is going to look like. We use that picture to guide us in the process.
The picture on the puzzle box reminds me of our goals and the life we desire for ourselves. Our goals and desires, much like the picture on the puzzle box do several things for us:
- They guide us and influences our decisions
- They keep us focused and mindful of what we’re pursuing
- They help us clearly see where we are going, even though we are not there yet
Imagine trying to put a puzzle together without having a picture to reference. It would be extremely challenging without having the desired goal that the picture on the box provides.
Now imagine a life without goals, desires, or aspirations. How would you know where you’re going or what kind of life you want if you didn’t have a clear “picture” of the life you are trying to create? How would you know if /when you got there? How would you know if you’re on track or if your efforts are making a difference as you move along life’s path?
Do you have a “puzzle box” picture of your goals and purpose for your life clearly in your mind? In your attempts to cause something to happen, do you clearly understand where you want your actions to take you? Begin today either creating or clarifying the puzzle box picture of how you’d like your life to be, and then look at it often. It will bring clarity, direction, and purpose as you assemble the puzzle of the life you desire.