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Life Lessons From a 1000-piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Job-hunting is sometimes stressful, especially if you are not able to get what you want or if you can’t find something worth compromising for. The day is too long to think the worst among the worse situations, and it feels frustrating.

And so, I decided to buy a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle and tried to assemble it until it forms figures and pictures.

For some, it would just be a hobby of recharging the mind or just a pass-time. But for me, I never thought that a simple hobby would let me realize the simple things in life that we usually neglect in our everyday lives.

 While you get to step out from the digital world, I’ve got you at least 5 life lessons that I’ve learned from putting together a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle:

  1. If you won’t start now, when will you do it?

Starting something is always the toughest part. But waiting for yourself to be completely ready and capable is beyond the hardest which leads you to accomplish nothing at all.

It is important to know the specification you will be working on.

Like how you start forming a jigsaw puzzle, begin with a clear framework, mount with the edges, and continue working towards the inside.

Have a goal, a specific one. Consider what you want to achieve and start building the foundation.

2. Life is not a rush, there are no shortcuts either. Take time to sit and sort things out.

A thousand small cutout is no joke. Patience is the key. Take your time to sit and arrange the pieces. Organize them according to colors, lines, and patterns.

Life is boring if you try to push things on the edge all at once just because you want the results instantly. Or you just want to have a sense of accomplishment.

I’m sure you don’t want to look back and wish you could’ve done things differently.

If life gives you a difficult time, embrace it. Take a deep breath and feel it. Life is giving you a chance to learn and acquire new experiences you never thought would make you improve your craft.

How awesome would that life lesson be?

3. Focus then have a break.

Once the jigsaw puzzle pieces are separated accordingly, it is now easier to focus on identifiable patterns and gradients such as eyes, nose, unique lines, and curves.

Don’t spend a lot of time in just one zone, you’ll only strain your eyes and get frustrated.

Enjoy a sip of coffee while looking out the window and letting your mind wander freely.

Sometimes it is amazing to go back to your work desk and immediately fit a piece you’ve been holding, staring and trying beforehand. That piece you’ve thought that is so off finally stand out.

The notion of taking several breaks is taboo and people often call you lazy. But hey! Even researchers found a work rhythm as 52 minutes of work time followed by a 17-minute break.

I’m not saying that you have to take that 17-minute break in every task. The point is to relieve your mind and freshen up. When your mind is clear from the clutters of work, you are more focused and more productive.

Whether a 5 or 10 or 17-minute break doesn’t matter. Just leave your station and have that break!

Do you take breaks in between? What is your schedule be like?

4. If trial one doesn’t work out, remember that there are a lot of options in life to try into.

While staring back and forth from the jigsaw puzzle pieces and the original picture, it lets you remember the shape, color, and design of the image being formed.

The trial & error is best represented to test if the pieces will fit together. If it doesn’t work out well, you tend to think of a different approach.

You can change the area of focus or you can rest and give our minds the time to regenerate ideas on how to forward.

Life, however, offers unlimited possibilities to choose from. And choosing the right possibility is harder than you think. Because whatever choice you make today will make a huge impact on your tomorrow.

5. Efforts built with patience and dedication pays off well.

When I completed putting a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle together, I felt like I’ve won a trophy. The feeling of accomplishment is the grandest.

Working for hours and days trying really pays off well while you brush your fingers in the completed puzzle. The sense of satisfaction and enjoyment after seeing your hard work turned out well makes you proudest.

It feels good, right?

Achieving your goal is not a one-night magical encounter. It takes weeks, months, and years to build it. But working hard is just not enough. I myself is a victim of just working hard.

There is nothing worth in life that comes easy. Everything comes with a progressive effort, with quite an extraordinary patience and a selfless dedication.

Final Thoughts

Jigsaw puzzles is a game of life lessons. It is like a fragmented story that you try to fix and fit all the possible resources you have.

And in cases where we are stuck into an episode of our lives, we both stop and reconsider the other face of life. Sometimes, we tend to focus on something not worth it at the moment and miss the significant chances the world is presenting us.

We have different life lessons learned from each process. Each of us has their own ways of battling life, we have a different approach, our choices vary from each situation, but at the end of the day, we chose to continue and finish what we’ve started no matter what.

It is because we knew that it will definitely turn out well someday.

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