Our family has a tradition to start a puzzle during the holidays. It’s a bit more difficult on a boat as we only have one flat surface in which to work, eat and socialize. Plus, there’s all those pesky little pieces to get lost and REALLY never found until they clog the bilge pumps and you really don’t want that to happen.
Okay, back to my point. Puzzles for the holidays give family and guests a venue to gather around when life gets awkward, or you’re waiting on the straggling guest to arrive so you can open those all important packages. Regardless, it’s an excuse to accomplish something and socialize as well.
The Captain and I got our one and only puzzle out of storage and put it together while at anchor over the Christmas weekend. It wasn’t your typical puzzle, it didn’t have any outline I could decipher before putting it together. Let me tell you, I like outlines.
I like outlines for our boat, I like outlines for life and I definitely like outlines for a puzzle. This one stretched my comfort zone immensely. Despite everything we persevered and over several days accomplished the cutest 500 piece puzzle you ever saw.
But if I can do this and live on an unpredictable sailboat, I guess I don’t need the outlines in my life quite so much.
As we contemplate the end of one year and the beginning of another, I tend to re-evaluate my goals that I’ve worked so hard to put into place. This puzzle reminds me that though I’ll still tend toward outlines, I can accomplish so much if I work at random angles to a project.
So, tell me, are you an outliner, or random? How do you deal with life when you must outline, or live in the middle, outside your comfort zone?