Everything I Needed to Know About Life, I Learned From a Jigsaw Puzzle

By Nicole Rush

As a new school year begins, many in the small library world endeavor to strengthen our connection with our schools and community.  Communicating with outside organizations can be difficult.  Some don’t understand how we can complement what they already offer.  In our struggle to connect where we are needed, we just need to take a deep breath and try.  There will be times when the connection isn’t supposed to happen, then one little spark ignites something amazing that will be the best partnership for years to come.  It’s like putting together a puzzle, trying to make everything fit perfectly.  The most beautiful puzzles aren’t done quickly or easily.  The time and effort to make it whole should be challenging yet satisfying when completed.  We need to treat our journey towards community connections like a puzzle and let pieces fall where they may.

Everything I Needed to Know about Life, I Learned from 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 (see #4).
  • Variety is the spice of life. It’s the different colors and patterns that make the puzzle interesting.
  • Working together with friends and family makes any task fun.
  • Don’t be afraid to try different combinations. Some matches are surprising.
  • Take time often to celebrate your successes—even little ones.
  • Anything worth doing takes time and effort. A great puzzle can’t be rushed.

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One response to “Everything I Needed to Know About Life, I Learned From a Jigsaw Puzzle

  1. jjsewell416

    HI Nicole,
    Thank you for sharing my piece Everything I Needed to Know about Life, I Learned from A Jigsaw Puzzle. I wrote it in 2001 and it was featured on Mikey’s Funnies – a daily inspirational email. It’s been fun to see where it has traveled and who it has spoken to. I hope your readers enjoy it. If it’s possible to add an attribution I would appreciate it. It should say : copyright 2001 by Jacquie Sewell (jjsewell416@yahoo.com) Thanks! Jacquie Sewell

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