To me, life is like a puzzle. I’m sure you’ve heard that before, or something similar about life — but my description of the “life puzzle” is a bit more detailed, and thought out. The way I think of the puzzle is in phases — filled with trial and error. AND, through those phases of trial and error, we ultimately work out how our “life puzzle” is supposed to come together. I don’t know the end product, and how it will look — or how many pieces my puzzle will have — but I do know that patience and strategy is required to assemble your puzzle correctly.
Now, if you try to bypass the steps between the beginning and end — your puzzle will always have gaps, missing pieces and simply won’t be complete. You will feel somewhat erratic and out of sorts — your purpose will remain unclear.
I’ve noticed that humans yearn for immediate gratification — but sustainable gratification and the feeling of being content only comes from a slow and steady approach.
This whole life puzzle notion occurred to me during a project i’m currently managing. It is a complex project, equipped with many stakeholders, opinions and varying perspectives on what the timeline should look like. I explained to the group that managing the project is like a puzzle — as we have thrown many pieces (a wealth of feedback and knowledge) on the table, and the pieces all come with their own specific directions (various levels of expertise and content that needs to all come together) and objective. At some point the differing specialties and viewpoints must be synthesized, or connected into a final product.
The project is a new idea or concept in the housing industry — and with anything new, comes a lot of evolution in the project. SO, i told the group — here we are, partners at the table, trying to figure out how the pieces come together. If we rush it, we’ll fuck it up — but if we take the time, like a puzzle, exploring different angles and options to connect, we will eventually and subconsciously come together as one. It happened! Like life, a puzzle comes with many pieces — and all of those pieces have a specific place and purpose within the larger, complete picture. Sometimes you have to try several times, in several places before the piece fits — but through that trial and error, it becomes undeniable once you find your home.
Don’t expect the entire puzzle to come together when you empty the box. Realize it takes time, effort and most importantly, mistakes to get to the end goal.
Know your missing pieces, and take the time to figure out where they fit — patience is essential.