Stream of Consciousness Saturday

#SoCS for 12/29/18 — Puzzle


Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt for 12/29/18 is:

ask someone else.” Either ask someone for a prompt word or, if you can’t, turn on a TV or a radio and choose a word from the first sentence you hear. Enjoy!

I watched a movie this evening, called, “Puzzle” which seems a good choice to write about. The story was about a woman who had always served the men in her life, quietly, efficiently, and to a point where she pretty much was taken for granted. She found out she was really good at doing jigsaw puzzles. From that, a whole domino of events unfolded in her world. There is a conversation she has with her puzzle partner, where she gets a little worked up and asks him why, when he has so much going on in his world, does he waste so much time on putting puzzles together. He says something to the effect that life is totally random and there is very little control of what happens to each person, but with a puzzle, you can see that, even though you tried many many wrong pieces that didn’t fit that in the end you could see a whole picture. To me this was very profound.

When I worked in juvenile probation I used to always approach the juveniles and their families as if they were a puzzle and I needed to figure out where the missing pieces were in their worlds. It was extremely helpful in that it was non-judgmental and it came from an assumption that the pieces would be found and a whole picture would be seen.

11 thoughts on “#SoCS for 12/29/18 — Puzzle

  1. I agree, difficult to find one better. I think she was just starting to get to know herself so was rejecting everything and everyone. I kept thinking he was going to do something to “earn” it but he never did…

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  2. I really like these perspectives. Any challenge can be looked at as a puzzle. Some pieces just go missing for a while, but you can sort of fill in the gaps if there aren’t too many critical pieces missing. Eventually, it makes sense.

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  3. JoAnna, I think you would like this movie then. It lays these things out very nicely. Yes, when I talk about the families I worked with, it wasn’t so much about “fixing” anything for/with them as much as to get to know them well enough to see. No work except stopgap measures could be done until then, and only eventually, as you said, would the picture emerge.

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