Tackling life’s greatest puzzles
Tap into earlier passions for health benefits today
March 22, 2011
I am surrounded by puzzles from my younger days. Literally. Close to 20 framed jigsaw puzzles grace the walls of my office. I completed them with my family more than 25 years ago when my daughters were little girls. My youngest had trouble with her eyesight, and we used the puzzles as a form of therapy. Of course, she was unaware of their utility; she just knew we were having fun together. As adults, I know they look back on this activity nearly as fondly as I do.
Last week, I reflected on how much I enjoyed working on them and remembered how I used to be positively gleeful when I found a piece – especially the one that others had searched for. So, I decided to take up the hobby again and bought my first new puzzle in 25 years. But, this time was different. As I sorted the pieces and started to create the scene I saw on the box top, I realized I was now the one who couldn’t see the pieces very well. I tried to convince my family that the puzzle was defective and that we needed to return it. After they stopped laughing they let me know that they could see the pieces just fine and that perhaps I might consider an eye exam! And so, off to the eye doctor I went and sure enough, I am now the proud owner of new glasses with a stronger prescription. I was also glad that I listened to my youngest daughter (who now has two children of her own!) and opted for a 500 piece puzzle instead of the 1,000 piece masterpieces my family used to take on.