So, What’s in Your….. Puzzle?

OK, I admit it, I’m not a jigsaw puzzle enthusiast, but there are those I know who can put together a 1000 piece puzzle in what seems to be minutes. Wow!

With all those pieces it seems so complicated, challenging and ‘time-consuming’ to get it all done.

But during the process as the puzzle starts to come together, it seems the excitement builds and it’s a lot more fun.

Then finally when it’s completed… Aaaaah… success and oh, what a sense of accomplishment.


Not to be ‘puzzling’ or anything, but what do you think about these statements?

  • Whether we’re 40 or 85 or somewhere in between, each of our lives is a compilation of many puzzle pieces that have been fit together over the years.
  • Life goes by so quickly (in what seems to be minutes), and yet the process of living which often feels so ‘time-consuming,’ can seem challenging and complicated as well.
  • Yet, there are so many more times when we’re enjoying life and have opportunities to be successful in whatever we are doing.
  • We cannot live a “complete” life by ourselves. 
  • When we were born, it was a team effort from the beginning which included:  God, the doctor, nurse, parents, grandparents, siblings, other family members, prayer;
  • Then through our growing years into adulthood – more team effort:  Prayer, family, friends from church and the neighborhood, pastor or rabbi, school teachers, college professors; spouse, acquaintances, employers, other professionals, mentors, new neighbors

I think you get the picture.  All of these people added together along with our various life circumstances are the puzzle pieces that are fit together to complete our own personal life puzzle.  Maybe we still have a few pieces to be added or perhaps it’s down to 1 or 2 pieces to complete the puzzle.  Maybe the puzzle is never completed… but if it is, it doesn’t happen by us living in a vacuum.

In my opinion, it’s a team effort with God’s direction.  After all, He knows what’s ahead before we even get there.

And you know what?  I think this article can easily be applied to how we take care of our seniors – whether they are a parent, spouse, friend, or neighbor.


How does this apply to senior care?   If you’re caring for a senior, or may be caring for a senior in the future, absolutely yes, it’s challenging and complicated and so often “time-consuming,” but during the process of getting the help (building the team) and finding the resources that you need, (finding the correct pieces to the puzzle) ultimately, there is success and yes, a feeling of accomplishment as the ‘caring for seniors’ puzzle is completed.


“Admit your mistakes and go on.  Intelligence is cutting your losses.” Mark Belling