The puzzle and the picture

What do you do when your creation doesn’t match the picture on the box that it was ‘supposed’ to look like?

What if that creation is you?

If you’re trying to put a puzzle together, the goal is to make it look like the picture on the box it came in.

If you’re trying to put your life together, there is no picture, and no box. Actually, there are loads of pictures. The trick is to find yours. You’ll know when you’re on the right track because things work better for you, life flows, and you somehow feel right.

Rather than be invalidated because you didn’t match or fit in, decide to embrace your Differentness.  It’s an opportunity to discover who you are and who you meant to become this lifetime. This is how you find your own pictures: the means to create them are already within you.

Creativity is about Discovery. It’s not about being lauded, accepted, and fitting in. Creativity is of the spirit – you already have the ability to create because you are here. In fact, even without much awareness or action on your part, you are creating all day long. Every thought, picture, message you give to yourself or others, is creating something.

The key would be to become conscious about what that thing is that you are creating. Is it what you meant to create? Is it even your truth? Does it work for you?

Invalidation can set in at a very young age when you don’t fit the picture that others have about who you are, or should be. If you arrive here, all shiny and sparkly, but just don’t match somehow, you will be told by others that there is something wrong with you. It can take years before you realize that you were born perfectly fine, just as you are. (This was amusingly illustrated in the hit television series “The Munsters”. Marilyn is the beautiful cousin who is seen as the ‘unattractive’ one in the family, because she doesn’t look like a monster.)

Life is a ‘come as you are’ party. You arrived with a mission, goals, and a plan. If it feels like you’re not living your own true life, it’s because you haven’t found your way there yet. It’s available to you now, and begins with you listening to your own truth, and following your own heart.

©Kris Cahill /
‘A Puzzling Net’ ©DPS on Flickr

2 thoughts on “The puzzle and the picture


    The essence of all growth is a willingness to change for the better and then an unremitting willingness to shoulder whatever responsibility this entails.

    AS BILL SEES IT, p. 115

    Sometimes when I’ve become willing to do what I should have been doing all along, I want praise and recognition. I don’t realize that the more I’m willing to act differently, the more exciting my life is. The more I am willing to help others, the more rewards I receive. That’s what practicing the principles means to me. Fun and benefits for me are in the willingness to do the actions, not to get immediate results. Being a little kinder, a little slower to anger, a little more loving makes my life better day by day.

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