Growing up I wasn’t interested in puzzles. Not because I didn’t like them, but I wasn’t exposed to them. I caught puzzle fever in college when my best friend Jill introduced me to them. On winter nights when it was too cold to be out and about, and neither of us wanted to study, there would be a puzzle on the coffee table. We would sit on the floor and piece it together with a movie on the tv in the background.
It wasn’t until the last few years that I picked up puzzles again. I pulled one out over Christmas break one year to keep us busy and we haven’t stopped. We take a break from it in the summer due to the fact we spend most of our time outdoors, but as soon as it cools off again we will be back at it.
Why did completing puzzles make the year of the 40 list? This year is all about living life to the fullest and staying present to enjoy the rich, abundant and wildness of it all. That way of being sometimes requires giving up the schedules and tasks and doing something just for fun. Puzzles stimulate my mind, and I work on them while spending time with my family, having a drink or coffee, and always with a movie on or music in the background. It’s deliberate unproductive time and I don’t take that often. My minutes are all filled with things that propel me forward. We don’t always do “still” well. Completing a few puzzles builds in intentional time to just be.
The photo is one of the puzzles we completed in the spring, and after the summer break the puzzle table is ready to go for football season!
P.S. White Mountain puzzles are our favorite puzzle brand. They typically have crazy collage puzzles with fun topics.