“We are one big family of people, trying to make our way through the unfolding puzzle of life.”
I was taking a tour of the archive where I keep pieces that I have saved over the years and I found the following and liked it, so I will share it with you. I have added comments that reflect some of my thoughts. I wish I remembered where I got it as there probably is more wisdom buried there.
LIFE I LEARNED FROM A JIGSAW PUZZLE:
Don’t force a fit. If something is meant to be, it will come together naturally.
I don’t know about you but I have wasted far too much time in my life trying to force square pegs in round holes when stopping and using a little intelligence rather than brute force would have saved time and reduced frustration.
When things aren’t going so well, take a break. Everything will look different when you return.
Persistence is great but I have found that it is more effective when it includes periods of downtime for often the solution will be at hand when observed with rested eyes.
Be sure to look at the big picture. Getting hung up on the little pieces only leads to frustration.
Isn’t that the truth, far too often we get stopped as we ponder minutia rather moving on to the heart of the matter.
Perseverance pays off. Every important puzzle went together bit by bit, piece by piece.
Too many of us give up too soon. I find that deliberate action broken down in segments allows me to feel good about the progress I make. Getting 25% done is worth celebrating as there now is only three quarters left to do.
Variety is the spice of life. It’s the different colors and patterns that make the puzzle interesting.
Boy is this right or what! It is the differences that give our life texture and keeps it interesting. It would be terrible to have every day the same as the last.
Don’t be afraid to try different combinations. Some matches are surprising.
I have often said that sometimes it better to be lucky than smart, I often stumble across answers that I had not seen. We should never close our minds to serendipity for it is often where the gold is hidden.
Anything worth doing takes time and effort. A great puzzle can’t be rushed.
Like life itself joy comes mostly from the journey and not at the arrival at the final destination.
“The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.”
Basic Flying Rules: Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges of it. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees, and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there.
“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.”
Mary Louise Gilman, the venerable editor of the National Shorthand Reporter has collected many of the more hilarious courtroom bloopers in two books – Humor in the Court and More Humor in the Court. From Mrs. Gilman’s two volumes, here are some of my favorite transcripts, all recorded by America’s keepers of the word:
Q. What is your brother-in-law’s name?
Q. What’s his first name?
A. I can’t remember.
Q. He’s been your brother-in-law for years, and you can’t remember his first name?
A. No. I tell you I’m too excited. (Rising from the witness chair and pointing to Mr. Borofkin.) Nathan, for God’s sake, tell them your first name!
Q. Did you ever stay all night with this man in New York?
A. I refuse to answer that question.
Q. Did you ever stay all night with this man in Chicago?
A. I refuse to answer that question.
Q. Did you ever stay all night with this man in Miami?
Q. What is your name?
A. Ernestine McDowell.
Q. And what is your marital status?
Anybody who claims that marriage is a fifty-fifty proposition doesn’t know the first thing about men, women or fractions.
My secretary stopped me as I approached her desk. Red faced and nervous, she pointed to an expense statement and asked if I thought it appropriate to charge the company for such an item. It read “Viagrafix.” I didn’t see any cause for her concern, until I realized we were reading the word differently: she as “viagra fix” and I, “ViaGrafix,” a software design package.
For every minute you are angry with someone, you lose 60 seconds of happiness that you can never get back.
A man called his neighbor to help him move a couch that had become stuck in the doorway. They got on either end of the couch and struggled until they were exhausted, but the couch wouldn’t budge.
“Forget it,” the man finally gasped. “We’ll never get this in.”
A frustrated voice came from the other side of the couch: “In?”
The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.
A widower who never paid any attention to his wife while she was alive now found himself missing her desperately. He went to a psychic to see if he could contact his late wife. The psychic went into a trance. A strange breeze wafted through the darkened room, and suddenly, the man heard the unmistakable voice of his dearly departed wife.
“Honey!” he cried. “Is that you?”
“Yes, my husband.”
“Are you happy?”
“Yes, my husband.”
“Happier than you were with me?”
“Yes, my husband…much happier ! ”
“Then Heaven must be an amazing place!”
“I’m not in Heaven, dear.”
“When we begin life, we are all given a puzzle — each one very different, yet special. As we continue through our lives, we meet people and have some type of affect upon their life, as they do on ours. We share with them a piece of our puzzle and they share a piece of theirs, with us, in return. No matter what type of impact they had upon our life, we still carry along with us, a piece of their puzzle. Meaning that everyone we encounter has a special impact upon our lives, because they have shaped us into what we are today. This is called the puzzle of life. Each puzzle growing and changing throughout our lives, but always becoming better and always having the same foundational pieces. Know that you DO make a difference in peoples lives! I thank you for sharing part of your puzzle with me!”
Erin Bridget Doyle
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