I build it, so I can tear it apart.
I unravel it, so I can recreate it.
I solve it, so I can forget all that I have learned.
Puzzling, or at least that way I puzzle - which is taking as much joy in unraveling my puzzle as I did in putting it together - is a great analogy to life. It's a cycle of build and destroy, of life and death, of up and down.
Just like the Indian mandala, destroying a puzzle we worked on for hours, or days, or even months... is a great practice in challenging our perfectionism. As children, we loved this practice. Realizing that things don't last - didn't make us despair, but in fact we rejoiced in it, we PLAYED. Back then, in the sandbox, it was easy for us to understand that it's all a game, all invented, and life is as fickle as the weather: Always changing, always moving, and always ends. Playing the games we played when we were children is a great reminder of what we lost, and an opportunity to regain the wisdom we came unto the world with. The wisdom of PLAY.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman