Leave Puzzles Be

Sometimes, it’s best to leave the jig saw puzzle alone –

for one never knows,

what life we breath and invoke when the pieces come together

____________ Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2014 ____________

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  1. I wonder If I didn’ t miss any piece… And… Which is the hidden pattern?.
    I will figure it out 😉
    Very clever post, dear Eric…
    Best wishes, Aquileana 😀

    1. Hello Aquileana dear,

      We never know whether we missed a piece, I reckon.. Just when we thought we had it all, another piece appears and messes up our little make-belief world 🙂

      Thank you dear, and all good wishes,

  2. I love puzzles including jig-saw jobs. Sometimes I see the whole essence of my job, as an architect, as being that of a puzzle solver. It starts with solving a client’s dream desires and concludes with solving construction snafus. Often true genius ( maybe not mine) comes when a piece is missing!
    Cheerio, Jane

    1. I agree, Jane, and love your take on this.

      In our careers and professions we encounter countless puzzles. If all the pieces fall readily in place – that’s not a puzzle but a given, I reckon. Now, when a piece fits two different spots and each with vastly different outcomes; or, when one is missing – yes, that brings out the genius in us.

      In this regards, a bicycle always intrigued me. A 4-wheeler or 3-wheeler, I can understand. But to come up with a 2-wheeler in tandem as a mode of transport. Literally and figuratively, a missing piece – I reckon.

      All good wishes,

  3. And yet we are so intent on knowing what our future holds. (Oh, it’s also best to not leave jigsaw puzzle pieces laying about when you have cats…unless you want to ensure you never see the complete picture 🙂 )

  4. I think the thrill is in the process of piecing the puzzles together and not so much to admire the final product. The sense of discovery becomes a source of achievement.

    Having unravel the puzzles, then we should appreciate if they are best left apart or piece together for a greater good.

    1. Got what you mean Windy – it’s the journey and not so much the destination. And if the destination is not what we hoped for – so be it, as a new destination beckons 🙂

      Good one,

  5. Isn’t that the truth? Then again, other times it is best to mess up all the pieces and put them back together again, maybe we find a new picture buried!

    Happy Saturday Eric.

    1. I like your approach, Val, and totally subscribe to it too 🙂

      When putting together a puzzle – if indications are not good, better to mess up the pieces and start again – exasperating and even, frustrating as this might be. True life puzzles have an infinite number of possibilities, I reckon.

      Hope your first week at work hinted of better things to come,

  6. If it has gone to pieces, then leave it apart.
    If it was meant to be together, it would not have gone into pieces.
    Perhaps there is a lesson to learn whether in pieces or as a whole.

    1. An uncompleted puzzle holds much promise, but a completed one is an anti-climax at best, I reckon.

      Lessons definitely abound, Jasey dearest – that’s for sure.

      Luv and hugz,

  7. Wise words, my good friend. Yes, sometimes digging up buried matters or things from the past could have serious, if not devasting, consequences. It’s best not to wake up the “Mummy.”

    Your post reminds me of the movie Jumanji. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yes, the movie Jamanji does have eerie parallels. I love that reference to the “Mummy” – conjured so many metaphors 🙂

      All good wishes, my friend,

  8. The dilemma comes when one (or more) of the pieces is missing and the end result is not fully realized as anticipated. Interesting thought-provoker, Eric

    1. Very true VB,

      That last missing piece is all it takes to let the air out of the balloon 🙂

      What a game this – to complete, we need to be 100 percent!

      All good wishes,

    1. Hello Jane,

      Puzzles can be so seductive – screaming to be completed – quite often, revelation comes with that last piece.

      All good wishes, buddy

      – Eric 🙂 _

  9. Very thought provoking. A typical scientist’s instinct is to put the pieces together. Think of Einstein, Quantom mechanics, law of relativity, Alfred Nobel and then the Atomic bomb!!

    1. I love what you say, Doctor

      Yes, a typical scientist would want to put the pieces together – eager to know.

      At a another level – it is akin to secrets. Some secrets (whether of the heart or of the mind) are best left alone. As mentioned in an earlier post about Truth > http://wp.me/s1YE83-truth

      All good wishes,

  10. Curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back. Maybe? <3

    Who can say what will happen or not happen if we don't construct the puzzle. 🙂

    Diana xo

    1. Good take, Diana

      At another plane, it gets somewhat complicated when the pieces do not add up to the original picture.

      Can you imagine putting together a puzzle thinking that what’s on the cover is what we’re going to end up with – meanwhile, the pieces have mutated.

      Expectations 🙂


      1. Yes, there’s also that Eric! I once put a puzzle together that a thousand pieces or more. In the end, one piece was missing. It was a real downer after having worked so long and hard!

  11. Pieces were made after the full picture, so putting those together has no surprise..but while you solve the puzzle a little anxiety plays..will you solve it or not.

    1. Hello Kalabalu,

      Very good angle – and in a literal sense, certainly the maker of the original picture might be better appraised of what to expect.

      All good wishes,

  12. And yet human nature pushes us to try anyway, and as you point out very cleverly the results may or may not be of our choosing should we have the gift of foresight.

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