I love puzzles.
Yes, I’m un-apologetically a glasses-wearing nerd when it comes to puzzles. Word searches, cross words, arrow words, jigsaws, just name it.
One of the reasons why I always have a pencil in my bag, you never know when a puzzle may turn up but if they don’t, it’s not uncommon to find one in my bag…i’m ever ready like that. I even buy them in pocket sizes.
Sometimes, If u see me lost in thought with a faraway look in my eyes more often than not I’m not trying to solve a world problem. Believe it or not I’m probably thinking through a puzzle I saw earlier Lol!
And my baby sister (yes even after two kids I still call her that) shares the same passion. So as soon as we arrived we planned to go after some jigsaw puzzles. In retrospect now I really think we were a bit too ambitious because we didn’t go after the ones with 100 pieces or even 200 pieces. We passed by the 500 pieces and went straight to the big league 1000 pieces.
We are after all puzzle experts…or so we thought. Besides we wanted the mental challenge. Isn’t that what puzzles are all about at the end of it all.
So we got home, opened the box and boy! Was i scared. The pieces were so tiny. Diche immediately said “are you sure this is a good idea” Okay so here I need to do a quick disclaimer because I’m not even sure whose idea it was to do 1000 pieces. Anyway we both decided we could do this and with vida and dassah in the room poured it all out. First mistake….
Everyone wanted a part of the puzzle. Dassah wanted to pick the ones that had a certain colour. Vida just wanted to pick as much as her little hands could handle and throw them up in the air. By the time she was done it was raining puzzle pieces.
So we decided to pack up and try again after putting them to bed. Eventually we got around to trying again and fortunately Diche had started putting some pieces together but lo and behold she was piecing them together on the puzzle box cover. So after being stuck for so long I asked “where is the picture to this puzzle sef?” that’s when we realised we had been piecing them together on the box meaning we couldn’t see and therefore had no idea what we were doing.
I mean how do you put together 1000 pieces of a puzzle when you have no idea what goes where. You need to constantly be looking at the picture for clues. We even stood a chance. Imagine someone who had never even seen what the picture looked like and just collected the pieces of the puzzle from me….1000 pieces!
Hmmm…obviously that person is used to self inflicted punishment.
But isn’t that what we are like though? Always trying to fix a jigsaw puzzle of like a million pieces without even knowing what the picture on the box is like? Now when put in this perspective it sounds crazy but the truth is we worry about things we can’t handle; we fear things we have no clue about and we cry when the pieces we are handed at the time don’t fit.
We forget that the pieces of our lives are in millions and the picture on everyone’s box cover is different. No wonder the bible says
Honestly if you really think about it, we would be less miserable if we just stopped comparing our lives with others.
We don’t all have the same box cover guys!!!!
In my picture marriage may fit first and then children may be no where in sight till much later, someone else may have children fixed first. Another box cover has a great job all splashed out but no husband in near sight. My point being in the end, if we let the one holding the box cover in on the puzzle, it all turns out picture perfect.
Now, remember I told you we made the mistake of letting the kids in on the puzzle? Well, I believe that’s another mistake we make. Allowing people that have no business in on our puzzle. People who don’t have the same vision, who have their own agenda or that don’t understand what we are trying to achieve e.g. false prophets, nosy aunties, domineering parents, “frenemies” or even strangers who claim they know it all just because they can piece together big words and sound intelligent.
Honey, only one person knows what’s on the box and he will download it piece by piece to ….wait for it…. drum roll….YOU!!! Yes you!
Thankfully I was redeemed early enough from all the pressure of competition or maybe it’s just not in my nature. We all have our lanes in this race called life. So, no matter how good your life looks now, oga, park well as far as I’m on my lane, I will catch up. If you got married this weekend, my sister stand well as far as I’m on my lane, I will catch up. After all Saturday still remain for 2015. If your baby came exactly 9 months after you got married praise God for you but I’m still on my lane, I’m almost there. If you just got a car, my opinion? First to buy na old model. Lol!
Set yourself free. Don’t worry.
Enjoy the pieces handed to you and trust the one holding the box….He knows what He’s doing.
In other news, heard Bobbi Christina
daughter of Whitney Houston
and Bobby Brown is now dead. I’m not even going to try to figure this out. You don’t want to hear my thoughts on this matter especially if you know how I felt about her mum’s demise. All I will say guys is stay in church. My personal opinion but hey! Cece’s still alive
and so are her kids. #justsaying. It’s just really sad though First Whitney now her….it is well.
Okay guys I really should be sleeping o! But I guess it’s excitement. You will probably find out why soon. Later people. The #USseries continues…