Year 2 – Week 17 – Finishing what you start builds character

Good morning Readers and Welcome to this week’s blog post.

I was given a puzzle in January last year as a birthday present.  It is one of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings.  When I looked at the box I thought that it was a beautiful puzzle and would be quite easy to do as the puzzle was made up of distinct colours.  Starting the puzzle was one thing and finishing it quite another.  It turned out that it was one of those puzzles where “one size fits all”!  The other thing was that the pieces were made up of splotches of colour and it was almost impossible to determine what piece went where.  I decided to split the puzzle up into bite size pieces and started building what I could “outside” the puzzle.  Slowly but surely the puzzle started taking shape.

As you all know by now, I am moving and as the move date was set for Friday the 23rd, I HAD to finish my puzzle.  There was still one section of the puzzle to build and made it my mission to finish it.  I just couldn’t break the puzzle up after working on it for over a year.  Good news … I finished it on Monday!  What a relief and what a feeling of satisfaction!!  Here is a picture:



The puzzle was actually a HUGE learning curve.  It became MORE than a puzzle and rather a symbol that I could finish what I started.  I am going to apply the principles of puzzle building to my little V.A. business.   Break it up into bite size chunks, look at the bigger picture on a daily basis and remember why I am doing this business.   I look forward to organising my office once I have moved.  It will be a sanctuary rather than a place of work.

Note to self:  build difficult puzzles more often;  they challenge one on so many different levels!

Getting organized in the normal routines of life and finishing little projects you’ve started is an important first step toward realizing larger goals. If you can’t get a handle on the small things, how will you ever get it together to focus on the big things?

Joyce Meyer

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