Life Lessons From A Puzzle

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There is a certain amount of mystery to a puzzle.

Like puzzles, people are different shapes, sizes and colors. Each carries his or her own image.

Whether it’s an old-fashioned cardboard table puzzle, online, or in real life itself, we are often perplexed by the enormity of the task when starting a puzzle.

In the beginning, the pieces are an incoherent, jumbled mess.

At first glance, a puzzle can be baffling.

At first glance, a puzzle can be baffling.

But then, as Thomas Pynchon says,

Why should things be easy to understand?.”

I tend to agree. At least our level of interest and curiosity remains piqued. If you’re like most people, you thrive on challenges.

Socrates took a different perspective. He said, “The world’s a puzzle; no need to make sense out of it.

Ah, but that doesn’t stop us from trying to figure it out, does it?

Life itself is a puzzle. And as part of the human experience and what it even means to be human, we want to make sense of our lives. We can’t understand everything, but we certainly want our lives to have meaning and purpose.

Take language, for example… any language not our own, it’s a puzzle. We pick up pieces of conversation.
The cryptic sounds mask the underlying reality of another culture we simply don’t understand.

Even if it is our native language, we still don’t understand it perfectly.

We turn over a figure of speech, couch it in metaphor, try to give it context.

We give it shape and weight by the meaning we assign it.

At some level, we strive for order and balance. We compartmentalize. We arrange according to what seems to go together.

Sometimes we get it right. Other times, the answers still elude us and we need to regroup.

So where do you begin when you are flummoxed?

Begin at the beginning. Start with where you are right now.


In looking at life from various angles, here are a few things I’ve picked up along the way.
I trust these will benefit you. This may surprise you, but these are in no particular order πŸ˜‰

If it doesn’t fit, don’t force it.

If you’re working at solving a puzzle online,
it is impossible to force the pieces to fit.

But with a table puzzle, if you try to force the pieces in where they don’t belong, the rounded edges will separate and crease, damaging the puzzle.

In life, if you try to force things to fit where they don’t belong, at the very least, you will meet with resistance.

In the Land of Puzzledom, Patience is King!

John Denver once sang,

Some days are diamonds, some days are stone…

When going through tough times, remember these things:

  • Always seek the best possible outcome.
  • Concern yourself with what you can control.
  • Look for the lesson to be gleaned, not what you may lose.
  • Wise words passed down from people who knew: THIS TOO SHALL PASS!

So, above all things, BE PATIENT and make the most out of every moment.

Observation Is Key!

Observation skills are the most important aspect of solving a puzzle.

The more observant you become, the faster the pieces fall into place.

As a leisure activity, time is not very important. But in police work it sure is. When a serious crime has been committed, it is important for investigators to solve the puzzle before more of us get hurt.

Presumptions only serve to mislead you.

With puzzle pieces and in life, we often encounter mistaken identity.

We assume, presume and reassume. In a fraction of a second, we instantly size them up.

We make instant decisions as to their importance, what context they play in our lives.

Everyone we encounter has something of value. Trust me… they’re all important.

The Puzzle Of Humanity

We are like puzzle pieces, we are all unique. We are uncommon, even in our commonality.

We all have enormous complexity, even in our seeming simplicity.

In fact, human behavior is often very puzzling. There are aspects about ourselves we don’t understand. At times we are highly irregular. We expect people to act a certain way, and they act “out of character.”

One thing that puzzles me is why people do not act kind when they have the chance to BE LOVE TO OTHERS.


When we are young and seemingly invincible, we have our whole lives to live, to explore, to play.

In our carefree estate, we connect easily, even if briefly, just to play. We are not at all concerned about, nor do we even care about what lies ahead.

As we begin to mature, we also begin to lose our childlike sense of wonder. One day, out of the blue, an almost nebulous awareness creeps into our imagination. The wonderment of juvenile days become a new type of wonder; one of skepticism and doubt.

As you know, life gets messy. We try to sort out our feelings. There are times we feel disconnected. We feel just like the piece labelled OOSOOM (Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind.)

When we begin to discover who we are, an outline begins to emerge.

Along the way, because we are inexperienced, we pick up pieces, such as BAD HABITS, FAUX PAS, and MISGIVINGS.

We aren’t wise enough yet to let them go, or to realize what an unnecessary burden we carry around with us.
We pick up pieces of life’s puzzle called OPO (Other People’s Opinions,) and tend to give them more weight than they deserve.

The color of life slowly erodes into shades of uncertainty. If we are not careful, we trade pieces of our brilliance for jaded judgment, rusty reasoning, and tarnished thinking.

If we are less mindful than we ought to be, nothing fits. What used to work, no longer holds true.

But because life is a dynamic puzzle, when we are discouraged, we can pick up the pieces of our lives
and still move forward. We can pick up FAITH and cling to HOPE.

One day you discover the piece that completes you. This is TRUE LOVE. From that point on, you are inseparably connected.

Another piece is called your LIFE PURPOSE. Completely surrounding this one piece are IMPORTANT DECISIONS, which need to each be carefully weighed and given a deliberate measure of consideration. Combined, these pieces are central to all of your connections.

The wisest amongst us learn to set down and skillfully replace BAD HABITS.

The Big Picture

In the “big picture,” we all have something meaningful to add – another facet of beauty, an element of humaneness,
a very distinct and original improvement. We all have our rightful place in the grand design.

With enough patience and perseverance, a puzzle can be solved.

With enough patience and perseverance, a puzzle can be solved.

Deepak Chopra says,

There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill,
and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle

Jen Leaman says, “The human race is like a puzzle: Everyone fits in somewhere, it just takes a while to figure it out.

In fact, the big picture would be incomplete without your piece.

What do you bring to the table? The brightest piece of all… your INNER BEAUTY.

This is the real you!

You Have A Voice… Let’s Hear It!

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What other parallels between a puzzle and life come to mind that I did not mention?

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About Bill Butler
William A. Butler is a John C.Maxwell certified coach. He loves to add value to others and aspiring to be a great humanitarian, lives by four words: BE LOVE TO OTHERS. William often goes by "Bill" and is a poet, a songwriter and has an upcoming novel.

61 thoughts on “Life Lessons From A Puzzle

  1. Hi bill; I love the way you turn a phrase and create a word image for your readers. when reading the part about our lives being a dynamic puzzle i was thinking of the living chess boards in the harry potter stories. and i often tell my brother that part of the problem is there are people in this world who don’t have to make sense. πŸ™‚ and i’ll finish with a short story of my own. in the carnival world rides and games take a lot of abuse traveling up and down the road. I’m not talking about things that are dangerous but things that make the pieces not go together as smoothly or look as pretty as they should. My dad used to yell at the help any time they tried to force something into place. well my dad never yelled, but he would stop them and remind them if it didn’t fit there was something wrong that should be checked first. it did make him mad if he saw someone using a hammer to make things fit together. He used to say if they meant you to bang on it, it would have come with a hammer. we had a couple of workers over the years that he actually had to give them a rubber hammer just to keep them from breaking things. thanks for the post and the blog comment. take care, Max
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    • Hi Max,
      I enjoy mechanisms that we can see through to understand a point, such as the living chess boards. It brings to mind another puzzle; the chess pieces move of their own accord. In contrast, some people are afraid to take action, get paralyzed with fear. Thank you for sharing your story. I’ve noticed a few times here and in conversation, your mention of your Dad and the lessons you learned from him. I’m glad that you’ve learned a lot from him. πŸ™‚
      Have a great week!

  2. In answer to your question, as I read about this the first thing that occurred to me is -yikes, we’re headed to visit the grandgirls and they love puzzles and we usually take one to them. But their other grandma is already there and she is the one who started that puzzle giving.

    What really makes sense in your pointers is the one about not forcing a puzzle piece. That tip fits appropriately with so much in life.
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    • Hi Patricia,
      The other Grandma should be happy that you’re contributing to your grandgirls love of puzzles. I think much of life is figuring out what is a benefit
      (literally, good fit, from the Latin) … when you look for a suitable candidate for employment, a business partner, or a spouse.

      Best Regards,

  3. Hi Bill,

    Thank you for a wonderful post and in fact through the topic of OPO, you reminded us how we shape ourselves based on how others tell us about who we are, we should be, how we should behave and perhaps how we should live our lives.

    Some of us believe that we are introverts. Some of us believe we are extroverts. Both of these ideas came from other people’s opinions. And, now relive all our lives based on that belief. It is a sad story more often than not.

    Life indeed is a puzzle and I think Socrates said it very well. There is no need to make sense out of this. You try to fix one piece and you have way more pieces that go out of place and now more confused.

    Enjoy life the way it is. Don’t try to master it. Don’t try to play God. Live it stay with love.

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    • Hi Kumar,
      You’re very welcome πŸ™‚ Yes, I think many people worry too much about what the neighbors think. I liken the image of a house of cards to the puzzle of human behavior. Our actions have similar effect. Everything hinges and is invisibly connected to something else.

      As you’ve said, fix one piece, and it effects all the others. Thanks for adding the last line. Sage advice!

      Best Regards,

  4. Hi Bill, life is indeed a puzzling business. For me, the standout advice is to not try and force the pieces because whether or not we are meant to solve the puzzle I am reasonably sure it is not meant to be easy. In this regard, it disturbs me to see people attempt to solve part of the puzzle by categorizing others as to personality type, astral sign, left brain or right brain and so forth because that minimizes the unique qualities of each. For many, when we have completed a difficult puzzle, the very brief sense of accomplishment may be accompanied by a sense of loss and the need to find the next challenge. Wisdom seems to manifest itself in at least two ways. Either we accept the puzzle for what it is and make peace with that, or we conclude that the joy of inquiry is not diminished by the lack of a result. Good to see another Thomas Pynchon fan … V.. remains an all-time favourite
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    • Hi Paul,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree. The puzzle of Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual and a “That was easy” buttons.

      It is unfair to stereotype, pigeon hole or categorize people; to miss out on the best and the beautiful in others. There’s so much more to discover.
      The way I see it is, why rob yourself of that privilege?

      Regarding your point on wisdom, as difficult as it is sometimes, I think acceptance of things as they are helps keep things in perspective.

      I like V. also. I read it while I was in the Navy. I had a shipmate that could easily have passed for Pig Bodine. I also enjoyed the layers of complexity in Gravity’s Rainbow. πŸ™‚ Enjoy your week!


  5. Wonderful post and the first thing that came to my mind was that I use puzzle similes and metaphors when I write fiction! LOL In my current novel, one character describes to another how sometimes people get broken and when they put themselves back together, sometimes one piece of the puzzle doesn’t quite fit exactly right. Excellent post Bill.
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    • Hi Jacquie,
      Thanks! πŸ™‚ I like the idea of your character. I did a piece of art entitled Fragile which you can likely relate to. I’ve also written a poem entitled, “Shards of Divinity” much along the same lines when we are puzzled to the point of not knowing where to turn to pick up the pieces. Have a beautiful week!


  6. William Rusho says:

    That is so true, life is like a puzzle: especially about dynamic pieces. Things we think we figured out when we were younger seem to change over the years. I wonder how many peices of our puzzle stays the same over our lives.

    • HI William,
      Welcome back. I find it interesting. Some people do not see life as a puzzle. Some think nothing can or should be figured out. I think you’re right. Our perception changes with maturity and life experience. I think your wonderment has merit. Just look at those who never leave their own community for their entire lives.

      Kind Regards,

  7. A puzzle is an excellent metaphor for life lessons and how we learn to apply them. I am not much of a visual learner and puzzles are more difficult for me than for many others I know. In life however, there are tools we can use to find and appreciate our place, along with that of others, and the fact that every piece has value as a necessary part of the puzzle.

    • Hi Michele,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I find it fascinating how people have preferred learning methods. I had not considered this difficulty when writing this post, so I appreciate you bringing it to my attention. I agree. I’m a firm believer that we all have our place in the grand scheme of things. What puzzles me are those who don’t feel that they do.

      Kind Regards,

  8. Hi Bill,

    I have never regarded life as a puzzle…my thoughts are more in concurrence with Shakespeare…’life is a stage’ and we all play our parts, which is perhaps…pre-assigned. May be because I have always had difficulty in solving puzzles, may be because I have lived a more protected life, devoid of too many enigmatic circumstances.

    I enjoyed reading your perspective, though. It gave a new direction to my thoughts and I am trying to put many pieces about human behavior together. Most of the puzzling pieces of life have been put together by the modern technology, except death.
    Thanks Bill, this is another unique perspective! Have a nice day.
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    • Hi Balroop,
      I agree with the Shakespeare metaphor, as we all do play many roles throughout our lives. I think the mysterious, nebulous, beyond the veil sort of things we encounter in life are the things that make life a puzzle. Instead of trying to figure it out, perhaps all we need to do is look for what lessons there are in them. I know sometimes we differ in our expressions, and that could be from the examples you gave, or form my own unique impressions. But overall, I think celebrating our differences is what ultimately strengthens all of us.

      Kind Regards,

  9. Hey Bill,

    I have to agree with everyone else with this example. The puzzle used as a metaphor for life lessons and how we learn to apply them.

    The first thought that came to my mind was how much my mother loves to put puzzles together. I personally don’t have the patience for them or a lot of things for that matter but I’m finding that the older I get the more patient I am becoming.

    I know now though to take things as they are presented to me and not force things to happen like I use to in the past. That’s why I think that we need to make mistakes in life so that we can learn from them and grow and individuals.

    You are so good with words but you already know that. πŸ˜‰ Thanks Bill, loved this.

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    • Hey Adrienne,
      Perhaps the patience you are acquiring is fertile soil for getting your hands on a future hobby. πŸ™‚ I can see it now… a blog post reading, “Patiently Pondering Puzzle Pieces.” I agree with you. I think mistakes are a necessary proving ground for us. Have a nice week!

  10. You are right. How boring life would be if we either gave up trying to figure out meaning to our existence or, figured it all out and were then left with nothing to ponder. Life is a giant puzzle with what appears to be no chance of resolving; but it’s a challenge and that’s what we thrive on as humans…the ability to exercise our free will and ignore instinct, for good or bad. My Mum was a master puzzle solver and used to blow my mind when she would complete the giant 3D puzzles. That is what I was thinking as I read your post. Thanks.
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    • Hi Tim,
      I think we do thrive on challenges. I see life as a multi-layered puzzle, some places more complex than others. But all areas with an elegance of their own.
      Thanks for sharing more about your Mum. I’ve never seen a 3D puzzle until I saw it in your reply here. So glad to learn from you. Thank you!

      Kind Regards,

  11. Hi Bill – really enjoyed this post . I like knowing that we are all part of the bigger picture. When you’re young you try to make life fit to what you feel should happen, once you’re older, you become more content to let life fit you where you belong, without forcing.

    • Hi Lenie,
      Thanks for your kind words. I agree with what you’ve expressed. There is room for everyone in the grand design.
      I’m definitely in the latter group; being flexible. Part of wisdom is figuring out how little we know.

      All the best,

  12. Very insightful parallelism. The OPO’s can be accidental pieces from another puzzle that gets mixed into yours. It’s good to learn when they are not useful and toss them out.
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    • Hi Christina,
      Welcome back! Yes, wise observation about OPO’s. Sometimes, they can not only mess up our puzzle piece, but rob us of our peace, if we allow that to happen.
      Hope your week is going well!


  13. Some lessons you learn and you do not add or subtract and this is exactly one of those. Perfectly put and truly practical and easy to understand. As I read I just saw all the pieces that are people whom sometimes you fail to place in that puzzle and wonder why they are supposed to be part of the puzzle, as the just do not seem to fit not want to. But then I also realized that the puzzle creator knows exactly where they fit and so me not knowing doesn’t make them not a part of the puzzle. Great post.

    • Hi Welli,
      Thank you for adding your thoughts. I especially enjoyed the spiritual aspect. In addition, when the puzzle is all over, all the pieces go back in the box together. Have a nice week!

  14. In as much as I have a voice and you want my opinion on this; I ma simply speechless and what I have read is what I intend to soak it the more into my inner spirit.

    Thanks a lot William for the insights you always continue to share with us.
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    • Hey Emmanuel,
      Glad you enjoy the post. So much of life puzzles us at times, we have difficulty sorting it out. Just knowing that everything has its place and purpose, even if those things are unseen, is important understanding.

      Kind Regards,

  15. I love the lessons from the puzzle, especially how we, like each puzzle piece, are unique. Thanks.
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    • Hi Donna,
      Thanks for the kind words. One aspect of puzzle solving that eludes people is how to make sense of their past. Pieces are fragmented or missing, so that picture will never be complete.

      Kind Regards,

  16. As I work with my 7 year old on solving puzzles, I keep telling her to fill in the corners and edges first. I think you could say that’s akin to seeing the big picture, or laying the framework. There are certain things in life that we know to be true, and if we fill in those first, then it’s easier to find where the other pieces go. By the way, if it’s OK with you, I’ll be linking back to your Maya Angelou Tribute in a post I’m working on, including one of her quotes.
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    • Hi Meredith,
      You lead by example. It’s important for children to have a framework established, a foundation to build on. I remember constructing a horse puzzle with my daughter when she was that age. We then glued it and hung it on the wall.

      Certainly, link to the Maya Angelou post. I look forward to reading your post when it’s ready. πŸ™‚

      Kind Regards,

  17. The first thing that came to mind for me is that my older daughter loves puzzles, the more pieces the better. We get her one every year for Chanuka, and she will be 20 this year! I loved to watch her when she was a little girl focus and concentrate so hard – always completing them in record time. When I walk by the puzzle section at Barnes & Noble, I usually take pause and think about her away at school and now gone for the summer. Such good memories. We glued her more complicated puzzles together, framed them and hung them in our room – a nice reminder of days gone by and her unbelievable ability to concentrate.
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    • Hi Laurie,
      Glad this post sparked from pleasant memories for you. I spent time with my daughter doing a horse puzzle. We managed to complete it, glue it together and hang it up, but she never did another after that. It was more important to her to poke her nose in books, which she still does. Thanks for contributing your experiences. πŸ™‚

      Kind Regards,

  18. Bill — this is such a thoughtful post and gave me a lot to think about. Most people want to have life in perfect balance all the time, i.e., all the pieces of the puzzle are in place. But that is never going to happen. At certain periods of our life pieces of the puzzle aren’t going to fit. That can produce a lot of anxiety. I’ve learned to tell myself not to worry about the things I can’t control and work to change the things I can control. I’ve also learned to forgive myself when I get something wrong and move on. What else can we do?
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    • Hi Jeannette,
      Yes, I know what you say to be true. Many times in my life, the pieces made no sense. The puzzle felt more like a 4-coupon ride on a roller coaster, never knowing which way to turn, which way was up or down. I agree with forgiving yourself, and certainly there is a huge difference between worry and concern. What else can we do? Mindfully engage in every moment. I think that is our best shot at having the pieces snap into place.

      Kind Regards,

  19. Excellent post. I love the challenge of a puzzle, the ones I can solve and the ones that intrigue. If we had all the answers, what would be the point in living? The process of discovery is life giving. The things that remain elusive give us aspiration, direction, hope and opportunity. They are often the best part of us. As for the puzzle piece that is the the love of my life, he simultaneously provides the answers as he poses new questions. That’s is why he is the love of my life. πŸ™‚
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    • Hi Debra,
      I love puzzles that flirt with our curiosity, tease us with their intrigue, baffle us with their brilliance. I agree with the elusive aspect, much like happiness, because its elements are dynamic and keep changing. And happiness is what I wish you and the love of your life. πŸ™‚

      Kind Regards,

  20. Language definitely comes to mind while reading this. That and writing because as I continue to write, new pieces emerge that might make up important parts of an emerging back. With respect to language, time and experience come into play. I pick up new phrases with less rapidity these days but when I do learn something new, the importance with such a find is growing larger.
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    • Welcome Carl,
      I love the auditory delights that come from languages. Writing itself, especially writing a book, can be seen as constructing a large puzzle, making the smaller pieces fit, but also dynamic because it needs to flow. Here’s a word you may not have heard of: UBUNTU (Not referring to the Linux operating system,) look up the definition, I think you may like it πŸ˜‰

      Kind Regards,

      • I enjoyed discovering that and though I am curious to learn UBUNTU, I’ve never tried the OS more than after a few minutes of downloading it. I’m happy to know it’s meaning now (human kindness) and thank you for opening up that tidbit of wisdom.
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        • Hi Carl,
          My pleasure to add to your vocabulary. I think that we slowly solve the puzzle of language by discovering pieces we knew nothing about.
          All the best!

  21. I have always enjoyed a good puzzle because of the challenge it possess. The biggest thing I know is you always start with your border or foundation. That is the same principal in business. Your blog really puts this into perspective. πŸ™‚
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    • Hi Susan,
      Life brings us so many puzzles, one after another. Yes, we start to form a picture, and there is no way it can become clear until we work out all the fine details. A lot of times, human behavior is baffling, especially when we always have the choice to be better. Thanks for your thoughts. πŸ™‚


  22. Beautifully elegant advice. The learning process is never stream-lined very much like a puzzle. An important part of my teaching practices used to be to take students to the precipice of frustration and then keep cheering them through difficult projects. Without the struggle of processing new information and situations, we really don’t learn much at all. Too often, that is why students (young and adult) become suspicious of how information is often presented in nice, neat little packages by teachers and other mentors, when in actuality like the Pynchon quote above, truly understanding a thing shouldn’t necessarily be easy.
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    • Hi Jeri,
      Thank you for your valuable insights. Many people would prefer to put off the difficult tasks until the last possible moment, but it does not teach tenacity. It gives rise to further procrastination, and only delays the inevitable. I think our deepest learning comes from hands-on experience and internal reflection, as opposed to mere acceptance of “this is the way it is.”

      Kind Regards,

  23. I believe that we are all on this earth for a reason but haven’t figured out mine!! . I live in a safe country and have money for my bills and food on the table -for now – I am enjoying life and enjoying the new friends I am making
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    • Hi Mina,
      The puzzle of your “reason for being” is very likely connected to those things you are deeply passionate about.
      I think we should all be grateful for the blessings we enjoy, whatever they consist of.

      Kind Regards,

  24. Life is definitely a puzzle. I’m still trying to figure out the pieces. I know I have been busy trying to force things to make them work. I no longer do that though.
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    • Hi Jason,
      Certainly there are things we fathom along the way, but as dynamic as life is, we will never get to the bottom of it.
      You’ve made a good point. Many people try to fit into relationships where they don’t belong. That’s the beauty of life. Every day offers new learning.

      Kind Regards,

  25. I used to do a lot of puzzles when I was younger. As a child, I had puzzles in the shape of a circle, one with Mickey Mouse and Pluto – or was it Goofy? Then as a young adult, I did a puzzle of a beach scene. I liked it so much that I glued it to some cardboard and hung it on my wall. Five moves later, it was destroyed. πŸ™

    Doing puzzles, however, did not teach me patience. I’m still an impatient person, Bill. You should see me in a mall, vying for the attention of a salesclerk! Ugh.

    Sorry to disagree with you on that one!
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    • Hi Lorraine,
      As a kid, I sometimes did those plastic 4 x 4 slider number puzzles with a square missing. Doing puzzles won’t necessarily make you a patient person, but it does take patience and persistence to complete one. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Much appreciated!

      Kind Regards,

  26. Hi Bill,

    I agree with you. Each object or anything in this world can be a lesson for us. I have often heard the saying that means natural can be a good teacher for us. And now I see some puzzles essence from your article. I like the way you present some lessons from the puzzle. It’s a creative πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing this with us, Bill.
    Have a nice weekend for you.

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    • Hi Nanda,
      Human nature can be a puzzle. In trying to understand others, we pick up bits and pieces of their lives in our interactions with them, but do we fully know them or fully understand them? No, but with time, I think we can more fully appreciate them. I’m always giving thought to this concept.
      Have a nice weekend also Nanda. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  27. Hi, as I read your article , it is very enlightening indeed. Life is really like a puzzle, people have different attitudes, perspective in life, goals to achieve and so many more. Thanks for sharing . Great post .

    • Hello Sherill, and welcome!
      Glad you enjoyed the post. I think it is the very nature of our various perspectives that gives such richness to the fabric and texture to this puzzle we call life.

      Kind Regards,

  28. Bill, I like your insight on life is a puzzle. Aggh.. I love to try puzzles but find myself walking away from them quickly because I don’t have the right answers and rarely ever complete them. Searching for the answers is something I don’t take time to do. I hope that I can do better with this in life… but I do tend to walk away from what appears as a failure for I don’t like to fail. We are puzzle pieces with a pulse -lol – and anything is subject to end up anywhere because of peoples mindsets and ideas. I try to remember often that the puzzling experience is not for me to totally understand but for the One who indeed is putting the pieces together in his world. I don’t know exactly where I fit in the major scheme o things but I trust that God does. He may not place me on certain pages but He won’t leave me out of the panoramic view of life, For this I am grateful.

    • Hi Marian,

      Not everyone does well with puzzles, and that’s okay. I love to think of inanimate objects and see what life lessons I can derive from them.
      I love what you’ve said… we are puzzle pieces with a pulse. Brilliant!

      Yes, I agree with you… God knows where every one of us fit in. I think we are not meant to know all the answers, at least not on this side of the canvas. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      All the best,

  29. Hi Bill, I am a caregiver for this couple with dementia and the husband has a hearing problem. Dick loves to do puzzles. They are hard and I get frustrated with them. However, Dick has the patience of a Jedi. I commend anyone who can sit down for hours putting puzzles together. For me I get irritated when I don’t know what the future will bring. However, I know for me it is to trust God’s will. He knows where the pieces of the puzzle are supposed to fall. I just have to remember that. Thanks for the inspiring post! =)
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    • Hi Crystal,
      I appreciate learning about what you do. I think you must have a difficult job, but one that must offer you personal rewards far beyond salary, viz a viz, being a better person. Perhaps God will grant you the patience of Job, and you and Dick can sit down and work on a puzzle together. πŸ™‚


  30. It’s 2017. I just awaoke from a dream where my late father took my hand and said, β€œWe keep the pieces of the puzzle with us.” My fathers death was hard, he was only 52. He was an alcohol, and used drugs. I am a pastor, and his death left me perplexed, sad, angry; not at God but rather the fact that my daddy was so burdened in this life and I could do nothing to change that. At any rate, I googled the phrase he told me in my dream and it lead me to to this blog…’s an Interesting post, I enjoyed it. Grace & peace to you.

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