Figuring out the Pieces and Putting Them Together
When thinking of where to begin, it can be hard to find that place amidst many stories as we shift through all the experiences that make up who we are and what we’ve learned if you are yet to come across what lead you there or how. For many, this many not be as important but in writing, maybe even journalling it’s key, as I’ve found out.
Without coming across the lid of the puzzle it’s like trying to put it together without the pretty picture to guide you along. It can be particularly challenging in memoir. Where there is much sifting to be done in order to find this out. From my experience it takes a lot of soul searching, reviewing and remembering to find that one common thread to put everything together. Almost as if you are playing Sherlock Holmes in your own life- taking clues or common conclusions from each experience and piecing them together bit by bit (or piece by piece I should say) to form bigger sections linking everything together.
By exploring this idea a little deeper I’ve realized that the outline of our story/stories is just like the edges of a puzzle in that they help reveal the bigger picture. Sometimes it’s an overall lesson other times it’s lessons-different but similar- in each story gently reminding us of what we learned.
Almost like the universe saying “Hey. Good job you’ve managed to put those two sections together. Now try putting it all together.
For instance, I’m learning that mine is that it is okay to be me and take things at my own pace- that’s the way it always has been and will be. This is my jigsaw puzzle box picture (if one existed), and through learning this my jumble of pieces is slowly coming together, one after the one it’s all making sense. Once we realize this, then we’re no longer desperately trying to make sense of where they fit, but working around that understanding to help fill out the larger areas of our particular puzzle and more importantly our stories.
Therefore, our own moral direction, in which we came from, are going and might go is very similar to the vertical and horizontal of your puzzle, how big or small it is, and finally how many pieces you need to include around the outside.With everything in the middle-all the experiences, stories, mishaps and mistakes- are the pieces filling in the outline and allowing us to realize how we’ve been growing, what we’ve been learning about ourselves and how that wisdom helps us continue to navigate the world we are in now. It is no coincidence but an all important lesson that’s going to stick with us- and hopefully help in writing. Eventually, helping you realize your journey and the paths that guided you along the way. None of which make a whole lot of sense without the box’s picture to help you start. Hence the importance of the puzzle box, as our way of knowing in which direction to build our outline and fill in the missing pieces so our story makes sense.
I’m interested to hear about your puzzle box realizations or what you think yours might be… (so please feel free to comment below)
Keep puzzling away,