I’m grateful for the symbolic meaning of puzzle pieces. Recently, I wrote a lot about life’s puzzle and puzzle pieces. Seeing life as a puzzle helps me to understand that I’m just simply putting the pieces together to expose a beautiful image only to be revealed once every piece has found it’s place. When the puzzle isn’t put together right, or I can’t find a puzzle piece’s place, what I see can look chaotic. The further back I step, the more I might see the patterns that are aligning piece by piece.
Recently, I was listening to the Conversations with God series by Neal Donald Walsch. One of the things that got me is the idea that we don’t learn knew things, we just tap into the wisdom that is already there. I’m still working though this idea, but the vision of life’s puzzle popped in my head. The idea that the wisdom is already there, that’s the puzzle pieces. Absorbing the wisdom is finding the right place for them to go in the bigger picture. This was my way of understanding the idea without it violating ideas I love, like life lessons, learning, and all of that. I’m figuring out where the piece fits in and part of that is learning where a piece doesn’t work.
Did you read yesterday’s post about gardens (#286)? This is a place I had to decide if and how I would plant a seed.
I love the idea of puzzle pieces. There are things I intuitively knew from a very long time ago, like I would go back to childhood to know love (intimately speaking). Before I could project authentic love (before I loved myself), I attracted someone from childhood that was attracted to what wasn’t healthy in me. This wasn’t love, but it still was an important piece of my puzzle. Once I discovered self-love, self-respect, self-esteem, and self-worth, I became a healthy life partner for myself. That was a HUGE chuck of my puzzle that once looked completely chaotic because I had tons of puzzle pieces in the wrong places. All those pieces had to come together first. THEN, I found authentic love in the first boy I had a crush on when I moved to Florida in 5th grade. Our love is apart of the puzzle, I just didn’t know where all those pieces fit into the bigger picture until I put the self pieces into their correct spots.
I realized that I have been working with this puzzle idea for a long time! It’s one of the ways I find clarity in what can often look chaotic.
Today, I commit to embracing the symbolic meaning of puzzles. The image below is one of the ways I see my own personal puzzles. I create what some people call vision boards to help remind me of what I want out of my life. They are me doing something physical to put the puzzle pieces together in a way that makes sense to me. It’s like looking at the full image on a puzzle box, but the puzzle still needs to be put together. One of my boards even has puzzle pieces right on it. I also have a five-gallon bucket with pictures of Sedona, Arizona on it. I made that over a decade ago in hopes of getting back out there because I knew intuitively, I had more to figure out there. I made it back to Sedona a few years ago, which is where the book I was about to write was revealed to me. Just pieces fitting together.
Today, I’m going to focus on the puzzles I’ve created and see how things are lining up:
- Am I trying to fit puzzle pieces into places they don’t belong?
- Do I have areas that look chaotic because of forcing too many puzzle pieces that don’t line-up together?
- Are my thoughts, beliefs, actions, reactions, and responses aligned with the bigger picture?
- I am looking at the puzzle from the outside, but am I living it from the inside?
- What areas of my puzzle do I need to invest time into to make sure all the pieces are in their correct places?
- What areas still have a lot of puzzle pieces that I haven’t found homes for?
Even doing an actual puzzle can help clear my mind. This is an empowering journey, I hope you will come along. The next couple weeks will be filled with ideas that may help you too, but it only works when we do the work. If you haven’t already, you can scroll down and hit the follow button to join me on this journey.
With Love, Abundance, and Peace,
©Rachael Wolff 2021
Author of Letters from a Better Me: How Becoming an Empowered Woman Transforms the World — Click title to learn more