Puzzling it together

Sunday, January 4, 2015 Permalink 0

get-attachment-2I like a good puzzle. 

Recently during some rainy days in Myrtle Beach, we pulled out the put-it-together entertainment.  So, I shifted out of vacation mode and into Walsh drive.  Many of our kin have an obsessive-compulsive need to complete the task.  We go go go.  Until, it’s done done done.  During my stint, I helped focus the crew to complete two puzzles in two days.  When I left, I put Abby in charge to ensure the third puzzle was completed.

It’s my inherent nature to figure it out.  Put the pieces together. Connect the dots.  Solve the riddle. 

Good or bad:  I want to know what enigma I’m facing.  I’m a gal who wants to know what’s going on.  I don’t like people to tell me what they think I want to hear.  I want to know the truth even if it’s painful, even if it’s inconvenient, even if it’s seemingly completely out of my control. I don’t like people managing me by giving me the bare minimum of information to avoid my emotional response. 

Yes, I may have an emotional response of anger, sorrow, hysteria.  I’m an Irish, Sagittarius woman. My first response may be messy but my next response is typically to shift into action.  I thrive in scenarios where I can orchestrate change. My Walsh drive works to fix the problem.  Organize the chaos.  Develop a strategy.  And execute the plan. 

What I’ve learned in my 5 decades is I can only execute my own plan.  And the strategy I develop is not necessarily the right one for someone else. 

Everyone has to put their own puzzle together.  Each person has to figure out what his/her life looks like without the benefit of a picture on the box top.  Our life puzzle is dynamic. The pieces are continually changing.  And sometimes the pieces obviously and easily connect.  Other times, you’re looking at several dark pieces that look like they should go together but don’t seem to.  They do.  We just need to continue to figure it out.   

Ironically, I got in trouble in kindergarten for helping kids put their puzzles together.  In my defense, I just wanted to get to the next task and had already completed my puzzle.  I learned I have to let people piece it together in their own timeframe. I continue to practice that lesson from kindergarten.  😉

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