The other night I was watching “Discarded Things”, a movie on PureFlix, and a few lines from one scene have been speaking to my heart each day. We’ve all heard analogies about life, here are a few that I’ve come across:
- Life is like a roller coaster. It has its ups and downs. But it’s choice to scream or enjoy the ride.
- Life is like a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish but you can only spend it once.
In this movie a comparison was made between life being like a puzzle. In short, we need all the pieces to make our lives complete. Our lives are not simple. We do have mountain top and valley experiences. At times our vision for ourselves is crystal clear and at other times we are walking through a deep fog. There are celebrations and there are times of immeasurable grief. Easy life lessons and times when it takes us years to “get it”. But, it is all needed in order for our lives to be complete, just like a puzzle.
Puzzle pieces are different shapes and colors. The individual pieces of a puzzle are unique but remain similar enough so that that fit together. If one piece is missing, no matter the size or shape the puzzle will never be complete. So, not a bad way to view our lives. We should not be discouraged by the “not so good days”, the “I don’t get it days”, the “I don’t deserve this days”, the “why me Lord days”, nor the “when will I get a break days”. Each individual aspect of our lives is needed for us to be made whole. Sometimes we find the pieces easily and other times it takes a long time for the shapes to make sense, for them to fit. I believe there are moments in our lives when it is a better use of our time if we focus on the “how” or the “what” instead of the “why”. Things come our way that we did not plan, we find ourselves in hard situations or we have to deal with issues in which we don’t feel equipped to handle . In those times if we concentrate on how we can move through it and what we can learn from it, I believe we’ll be the better for it. Whether the piece is something someone did to us or a situation we got ourselves into, it becomes a part of our story, a part of our puzzle. Embrace your puzzle!