The Puzzle

I’m putting together a jigsaw puzzle. What a time waster, huh. Pure self-indulgence. No one will benefit from it but me.  Sometimes I hear this little voice in my head saying, “You could be doing something productive; something helpful; you’re not a kid anymore.” Yada yada.  When I hear that little workaholic voice I say, “Enough!  I’m retired.”

I feel I’ve finally earned the right to do whatever the hell I want, or don’t want, to do. And I want to do this puzzle. Without guilt.  But with the world in such a mess shouldn’t I be saving the planet, feeding the hungry, washing my car?

Yet the puzzle isn’t entirely child’s play, it has some redeeming value. It teaches me patience, perseverance and self-control. There’ve been times I’ve wanted to throw it all overboard, sure that the one piece that’s eluding me is missing! Or when that one piece that really should fit, doesn’t. But I just keep slogging away. And I use that little self-improvement argument to shut up the annoying voice when it starts chirping.

Two and a half sides done. Yippee!  Those millions of all-white cloud pieces are going to be murder…


About boomergirl47

Retired from the University of South Florida. Love reading, writing, hiking, nature, music, birding, puttering around the house and yard.
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2 Responses to The Puzzle

  1. I can really relate, although with me it’s more computer games. Even without the self-improvement justification, I say to myself “I give myself permission,” because we can be far too hard on ourselves. Admittedly I do it fairly often with various activities 😀 but at least like a good Buddhist, I’m aware that I’m doing it. Mind you, they say that if you want a real challenge you should do jigsaw puzzles upside down. I haven’t tried that.


  2. boomergirl47 says:

    Upside down? Believe me, I’m stretched enough right side up! 🙂 Just ordered another puzzle. My boyfriend claims it won’t be long b4 I’m into bingo and shuffleboard!

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