The same way you complete a puzzle. Now, let me explain.
It takes a lot of patience, a keen eye for detail and a strong sense of organization to put together a puzzle that’s 1,000 pieces. Recently a friend asked me how I planned to finish this new project as she looked at all the pieces laid out across the table…
…my response: one piece at a time.
Although this solution may sound simple enough, she quickly retorted that she could never do it.
As an aside – I often chuckle to myself when people say ‘I could never do that…’ (whatever “that” is at that moment), because I think back to the countless times I uttered those same words….until I had no choice but to figure that very thing out in order to PERSEVERE. Some examples include:
- How to raise two kids with special needs
- How to balance work, life and graduate school
- How to make ends meet with so many medical, personal and living expenses but only one income
Ok I digress – now back to the main topic of discussion…
As my friend and I discussed my puzzle strategy further, I went on to explain how I tackle the proverbial “mountains” in my life in much the same manner. My suggestion to her was to remember that some days, you may only be able to tackle pebble-sized pieces and other times you can tackle boulders. In the end, the mountain is moved just the same, as long as you stick with the plan and don’t give up.
You see, staring across a table of a thousand puzzle pieces can seem overwhelming at first (see picture above). Too much all at once can make it difficult to focus on any one area. In much the same way, the mountainous problems in our lives can leave us unable to focus or see the bigger picture.
It is times like these when we must
keep the puzzle in the proper perspective.
perspective is the key to perseverance
My approach to completing a large puzzle is similar to how I tackle the mountains in my life:
- I sort and separate the puzzle pieces into smaller, manageable sections.
- I assemble the border pieces first as this frames the larger picture.
- I look for similar pieces and start to connect them. I tackle one section at a time until the puzzle is complete
Once the puzzle is complete you can see the whole picture and you feel such a sense of accomplishment. I don’t know about you but I like to cross off as I go (celebrating each connection, no matter how small).
WHAT A GREAT FEELING TO SEE THE BIG PICTURE!
Be Encouraged SIS and friends!