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Puzzle pieces : linking your part to the whole


Come on in; you’re invited.

There’s a roomful of us, a large yet cozy room where we have plenty of space to sprawl. We’re together for a reason: we’re assembling a huge, room-size jigsaw puzzle. Each woman has her own part of the big puzzle, her own set of pieces to fit together that she’ll then fit into the larger one.

The interesting thing about this is that while we have an idea of what the assembled whole will look like, we don’t know the exact details of our individual areas. Nor do we know where or how they’ll fit into the big picture.

Take us in. We’re quietly, busily moving along. We’re sharing space, occasionally offering assistance, appreciating the group energy. (It’s much more fun to do a puzzle together than on your own!) We feel our way forward, holding each piece in our hands, considering it from all angles, trying to fit it in. We each have a pile of discards and a growing mini-puzzle with a distinctive shape.

There’s no “right” or “wrong” in the way you assemble the pieces; your puzzle will come together as you trade with your neighbors and learn by doing. There are no operating instructions anywhere in the room.

Also noticeably absent are striving, stressing or competing. There’s an overall atmosphere of peaceful productivity generated by a group of women who have let themselves be guided by love rather than fear.  

Get it?

The larger picture

There’s a movement underway, and you’re a part of it. We’re a cadre of women on our own private journeys of self-awareness, joined together by a common longing. We want to live more fully, more freely and with more fulfillment. We want to drop whatever it was that led us to create lives ruled by “should” and recreate lives that vibrate with authenticity. We’re all committed to finding our own unique way, regardless of what’s in our paths.

AND, because we’re on this most precious of soul journeys, there will be a visible and remarkable shift in the world. How can there not be? The combined result of self-aware women living their truths and redrawing the outlines of their individual lives translates into something quite awesome. Think about the ideas they’ll share. The projects they’ll initiate. The children they’ll raise.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead

I see you, quietly assembling your puzzle in the safety of your own living room. No need. Bring it to this gathering and discover where your journey fits with the collection of other journeys. Draw on the energy and strength you find here, and use it. It’s freely given.


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  • Anne Pillsbury September 25, 2012, 4:09 am

    I love this and share your vision. The puzzle is such a perfect metaphor, each of us separate, but essential to the completion of the whole.

    • Amy Kessel September 25, 2012, 6:40 pm

      Thanks, Anne. And yes! Totally agree.