In my keynote presentations and the workshops that I lead I speak to the principle and the visual of a puzzle. Living life can be likened to a puzzle.
The puzzle is made up of individual pieces, that by themselves may make little sense, but collectively they create a beautiful story. Each individual puzzle piece created by a different set of circumstances, lessons, opportunities and possibilities.
What I have found is that I can create density in my life.
Living life can be likened to the creation of a tapestry. One side only showing jumbled threads, while on the other side something of great worth and value is being designed. Each thread woven together intricately. Each thread given to empower. Each thread birthing hope.
Each thread providing grace. Each thread preparing a destiny. Each thread providing a legacy. Even the threads containing apparent discouragement, disappointment and disillusionment; even the threads that contain confusion and make little or no sense.
Below are several quotes that help me to see the value of each puzzle piece and every thread in place.
The first quote helps me to realize that I do not have to do many things to be effective. Instead, I can be effective and efficient on my journey by developing and becoming proficient in one skill at a time.
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Bruce Lee
The second quote reminds me that life is made up of little things. By remembering this reality I can celebrate small successes without trying to prove anything to anyone. I am on my own journey.
“Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.” Frank A. Clark
The next quote encourages me to not compare myself to anyone. Instead, I can learn how to use what I have been given – my gifts, talents and abilities — in ways that will work for me with out judging my efforts.
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” Helen Keller
The next quote empowers me to pursue my passion, despite the expectation (s) that other people may have for me and my life. By letting go, I am able to honor the gift of my life and the One who gave me my passion.
“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.” Pablo Picasso
The next quote reminds me that I do not have to wait for specific outcomes to be able to enjoy my journey. Instead, I can find satisfaction in doing the footwork while trusting the process and the outcomes to a loving God.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
And the last quote motivates me to keep moving, because I know that more will be revealed in time. The pieces of the puzzle will come together in the right order at the right time. Each thread will be weaved by design.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Through committing myself to the process, before long I will be able to look back and see how far I have come, because I did not give up.” Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA
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