The harmony of a puzzle
Going through life is like making a puzzle.
You have to face the bafflement of having all the pieces muddled up in a pile before you and not knowing where to start.
You need to get organised and comply with a plan to get started. You first dig through the pile, carefully searching for the pieces with a straight edge that will form the frame of it.
As you complete more pieces, you learn to become more focused searching for specific aspects: a side bent awkwardly, a strange shape, a distinct colouring.
You find that once you begin and get drawn into the whole process, you become more concentrated, devoted to your target: one more piece that will fit.
You manage the irritation of having to twist and turn the pieces around, trying and failing endlessly until you find the right one.
But then, you are able to fully appreciate the satisfaction of everything falling into place as you find the pieces that perfectly attach to each other effortlessly.
The way you handle a puzzle may also be seen as a metaphor for life.
It teaches you to be patient, to have a plan and be organised, to be methodical and concentrated, to focus on your goals, to try and fail numerous times without giving up, and to value every success, no matter how small and how long it takes to achieve it.
But most of all, it teaches you that harmony comes with trial and error, that it is the small pieces that will eventually compose the bigger picture, and that sometimes you need to attempt with the wrong ones before the right ones come along that will fit perfectly into place.