I often work the crossword puzzle in the daily newspaper. Some days, I find that the puzzle seems to solve itself. Other days, I struggle with each and every answer.
More often than not, I will get a few of the clues correct and when I return later, the answers to the very clues that eluded me before seem to present themselves. Once I get one answer completed, often it provides me with the letters that I need to solve the other clues.
I have found that life is a lot like crossword puzzles. Just as the puzzle themes vary each day, so do my “life’s” crossword puzzles change. I have also found that the ease in solving some of my life’s puzzles also varies.
It seems that the more problematic a life issue is for me, the more difficult it is to understand and solve for the clues. It is though I have to re-read the clue many times before I can understand what is being asked.
Perhaps I have difficulty with these puzzles because I am unwilling to set aside preconceived ideas of what the answers should be. Or I unconsciously distort the question so that the answer will completely elude me.
Fortunately, with the paper puzzle, I only have to wait until the next day to get the missing words and, with them, a better understanding of the questions. Unfortunately, the solutions to life’s puzzles don’t come the next day, or even as quickly as I would like.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have dictionary with the possible solutions to life’s puzzles like the dictionary for crossword puzzles? It would be great to be able to look up a clue and the possible solutions. I could select one, see if it “fits” and fill in another blank space in my life.
For example, what if I could look up the solutions for “impatience?” Perhaps it would include suggestions like, “to everything there is a time and season.” For those days when I don’t seem to have a clue as to why I am so scattered in my thinking, perhaps the solutions would include, “where the focus flows the energy goes.”
Perhaps that will be another one of my life goals, to develop a dictionary to help with both the “daily newspaper” crossword puzzle and the “Mary Rau-Foster life” crossword puzzle. In the meantime, I will continue to use a pencil and eraser to rub out my mistakes and enter the correct responses.
Affirmation for the Week:
“Every day I voluntarily tackle the crossword puzzle of my life with the intent to answer all of the clues.”
Have a puzzle-solving week!
Mary “Motivator” Rau-Foster