This post is for the true puzzle people out there. You know who you are.
If you aren’t a true puzzle person STOP reading this blog immediately.
Yeah, that means you Mr. “I once put together a 16 piece Mickey Mouse puzzle with my kid”.
If you haven’t attempted and finished a thousand piece puzzle in your lifetime, seriously, STOP reading. This is not a conversation you are going to understand.
Here’s a few sure sign to know you belong here.
*You have been up at some god-forsaken time with no alcohol in your body hovered over a jigsaw puzzle.
*Someone close to you has called you an idiot for trying to attempt the puzzle you are doing.
*You find yourself looking for a high-5 after finally getting one piece into the blasted puzzle after over an hour of nothing.
If that’s you, let’s get down to business.
I decided to do this blog when my grandmother told me I was wasting my life away by dedicating so much time to this puzzle. Truth is, our annual Christmas puzzle is a way for me, my Dad and all the Wittenburg’s to catch up as hours of time around a puzzle cause some interesting conversation. However, since I love my grandmother dearly I decided to turn this into a semi-productive blog so I can show her what I learned from all those “wasted” puzzle hours.
Here’s some random observations I think can apply to virtually any situation.
1. People have different ways of accomplishing the goal.
90% of people doing a jigsaw puzzle start with the border. After all, it’s the most common place to start because it’s easy to pick out the pieces. But no, not my cousin. She doesn’t care about the border. All she cares about it the colors so she just starts sorting them. In actuality, either way works. Sometimes, you have to let people do things their way.
2. Sometimes, it’s best to just start.
Often, i find myself caught up in the plan. With puzzles, I will stare at the box and try to burn it in my memory. While that’s definitely a good idea. It’s also good to just start. Take action. I was busy studying this particular area of the forest and before I knew what had happened my Dad almost had the area done. He started while I was still planning. Err on the side of action.
3. Vision can emerge.
It’s amazing how when working a puzzle, patterns can emerge. What started off as a blue sky actually has depth and patterns and you can actually see it emerge into individual pieces. You can’t see that at the beginning though when you look at the box of 2,000 multi-colored pieces. Solutions appear once you get involved.
4. The impossible is possible with mental determination.
You truly can do anything you set your mind too. I once did 1,500 piece puzzle where every piece was some version of white (like the pic above). As you know, that takes away a huge advantage as each piece is literally the same exact for the shape. But, we did it.
So, there’s what I learned. I plan on applying it in multiple area’s of my life.
PS – Here’s the Christmas 2011 masterpiece…