Maybe God made sure we invented jigsaw puzzles so we would learn some life lessons in a unique way. After all, here are some tips I’ve picked up from trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle…

* Don’t force a fit. If something is meant to be, it will come together naturally.

* When things aren’t going so well, take a break. Everything will look different when you return.

* Be sure to look at the big picture. Getting hung up on the little pieces only leads to frustration.

* Perseverance pays off. Every important puzzle went together bit by bit, piece by piece.

* When one spot stops working, move to another. But be sure to come back later.

* Variety is the spice of life. It’s the different colors and patterns that make the puzzle interesting.

* Establish the border first. Boundaries give a sense of security and order.

* Don’t be afraid to try different combinations. Some matches are surprising.

* Take time to celebrate your successes (even little ones).

* Anything worth doing takes time and effort. A great puzzle can’t be rushed.

* The creator of the puzzle gave you the picture as a guidebook.

–author unknown

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