Father Seán ÓLaoire

“Life is like a Jigsaw Puzzle” by Father Seán ÓLaoire

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…“Life is like a Jigsaw Puzzle”. If you were to scatter all the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle on a table, the first thing you would do is identify the four corner pieces and put those in place. Next you would identify the straight lines and put those in place. Then you have three clues for the rest of the pieces: contours, colors and the picture on the box.

So, what are the four pillars of your understanding of life? What are the lines that hold you together and round out your life? And what are the colors and contours of the experiences you had as you put the pieces together? And, most importantly, do you have any idea of what picture is on the box? If you don't have any idea of what the picture is, there’s no way you can create the puzzle.

The picture on the box is “You”. The picture on the box is your divine face. And the greatest part of it all is that when you throw the contents of the box on the table, you have to realize immediately that everything that's there is necessary. And, everything that's necessary to complete your life’s mission is there. You're not going to wind up with 15 pieces left over.

And so, the greatest tragedy of all is the person who comes to their elder years with big gaps in the jigsaw puzzle of their life — and a whole bunch of pieces that have never been used. You know that you're living life to the fullest if there are no holes in your jigsaw puzzle and there are no pieces left aside.

SOURCE: http://www.spiritsinspacesuits.com/index.html

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