When was the last time you completed a puzzle? Seriously, when was the last time you completed a jigsaw puzzle? Yes, a jigsaw puzzle! If, ever?
These days, the art of the puzzle seems so far fetched and almost so two-decades ago that the thought of completing one is about as current as recording your favorite songs off the radio using a tape cassette.
However, as a bucket list tasks for 2012, yours truly wanted to do exactly that. After all, it is a task that takes me back to a childhood of doing puzzles with my mom, and of course, can enhance and sharpen some of the mental attributes that may be diminishing in the technological, focus-challenged, attention deficient society we all live in.
|You gotta keep em' separated...|
In attempt to complete this task, yours truly purchased a 500 piece puzzle, set up a work space on our dining room table, and began the age-old task of completing it.
After several days and many, many hours of placing pieces together (yes, I became hooked!), closely examining individual pieces, and learning how to project and visualize, I completed the puzzle. There was some help from the tag team partner who, with a creative background, an interior design career, and years of photography experience (A-Pic), pretty much made my efforts seem amateur.
Nonetheless, the puzzle was completed.
And yes, over the many hours, there were many analogies learned on placing simple puzzle pieces together in regards to the elements of life, and also, the lessons learned in actually focusing and concentrating on one project (imagine that?) in a world that seems to be moving one hundred miles per hour.
I completed another task, benefited from a mental exercise, enjoyed the nostalgia of a throwback activity, and most of all, had an insane amount of fun over the past few days.
|What a beautiful finished product!|
Task number fifteen, done. Boom.