EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT LIFE I LEARNED FROM A JIGSAW PUZZLE


Editors Note: Jacquie Sewell is the author of this inspiring piece. There was no attribution given when I found this little bit of wisdom circulating around the net. But since I posted this the author stopped by to offer the original version which you will find in the comments of this post.

1. Don’t force a fit. If something is meant to be, it will come together naturally.

2. When things aren’t going so well, take a break. Everything will look different when you return.

3. Be sure to look at the big picture. Getting hung up on the little
pieces only leads to frustration.

4. Perseverance pays off. Every important puzzle went together bit by bit, piece by piece.

5. When one spot stops working, move to another. But be sure to come back later (see #4).

6. The creator of the puzzle gave you the picture as a guidebook.

7. Variety is the spice of life. It’s the different colors and
patterns that make the puzzle interesting.

8. Working together with friends and family makes any task fun.

9. Establish the border first. Boundaries give a sense of security
and order.

10. Don’t be afraid to try different combinations. Some matches are
surprising.

11. Take time often to celebrate your successes (even little ones).

12. Anything worth doing takes time and effort. A great puzzle can’t
be rushed.

2 thoughts on “EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT LIFE I LEARNED FROM A JIGSAW PUZZLE

  1. I am the author of the above “thoughts”. It was written in 2001 after working a holiday jigsaw puzzle with my family. Here is the original

    Everything I Needed to Know About LifeI Learned From a Jigsaw Puzzle
    By Jacquie Sewell

    Don’t force a fit — if something is meant to be, it will come together naturally.

    When things aren’t going so well, take a break. Everything will look different when you return.

    Be sure to look at the big picture. Getting hung up on the little pieces only leads to frustration.

    Perseverance pays off. Every important puzzle went together bit by bit, piece by piece.

    When one spot stops working, move to another. But be sure to come back later (see #4).

    The creator of the puzzle gave you the picture as a guidebook. Refer to the Creator’s guidebook often.

    Variety is the spice of life. It’s the different colors and patterns that make the puzzle interesting.

    Working together with friends and family makes any task fun.

    Establish the border first. Boundaries give a sense of security and order.

    Don’t be afraid to try different combinations. Some matches are surprising.

    Take time often to celebrate your successes (even little ones).

    Anything worth doing takes time and effort. A great puzzle can’t be rushed.

    When you finally reach the last piece, don’t be sad. Rejoice in the masterpiece you’ve made and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

    Copyright 2001 Jacquie Sewell (jjsewell416@yahoo.com).
    permission is granted to send this to others but not for commercial purposes.

    1. Thank you Jacquie I am so glad you stopped by to offer the original perspective. This makes it even more inspirational. Thanks for sharing these thoughts with us. God bless you.

      Allen

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