I enjoy a good jigsaw puzzle. I like to open a brand new box, shake the pieces out and let my eyes roam at what the creation will be once it is all properly put together. I always start by finding the four corner pieces. Isn’t that what we were always taught? Start by finding the four pieces that will make the strong edges – everything else will later depend on these. Day by day, slowly, piece by piece you can take the jagged edges and find a way to gently place them together. The work can progress slowly, or you can go fast. Either way, once you have created a connection, brought life back to one complete project instead of a mismatch of disconnected pieces, you will be amazed at the brilliant picture you have created.
I like to think that is how we all are. Deep within us, aren’t we all like the shattered jigsaw puzzle stored in the box? You can find examples in your soul, your spirit and even your body. At one point, we are all beautiful. Yet, within a moment, our blissful world can shatter leaving us physically or mentally in pieces. But never forget what the untouched image had, at one time, looked like. It was a beautiful piece. In putting ourselves back together, we have time to examine all the individual aspects in our lives. Once we have taken the pieces, piece-by-piece to slowly recreate the original image, we find out so much about ourselves. When we are once again whole, the image we have come to know can be spectacular. This complete image can provide us with a peace that our fast-paced lives often cause us to forget.
Whether it is a surprising blow, a long drawn out painful situation or something you knew was coming but never expected to happen, take a moment and let yourself be surrounded by the shattered pieces of your life. Then recreate the wonderful image you can build again. Fit your pieces together and become stronger as you realize what treasures your body and mind truly hold. Fall down, shatter and I hope someday you will learn the important lesson in life I have discovered time and time again: Within my broken pieces, I can find peace.