The Purpose Puzzle

“There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle,” Deepak Chopra

Look around when on a hike, at the beach, or taking in a sunset – everything in nature has a perfect purpose.  Each part is unique in its expression, yet all fitting in to the tapestry of life as its own vibrant thread.

Each of us is the same.  None are special and all are special.  We each have our part in love’s expression here on earth.

I spent a great deal of my life looking outside myself to figure out how I should be.  Would I find that perfect purpose in a magazine, through a role model, or in the words of a teacher or mentor?  We are taught to look outside of ourselves for meaning, though after searching this way for much of my life, I have found that my true energy and drive comes not from reaching, pushing, or striving at all.  Instead, it comes from leaning in and letting the energy there express.

Today, I find my energy for life and the fulfillment in my days through connecting with the unique expression in me and letting it flow into the ways and people I serve.  My puzzle piece is multicolored and has a whole bunch of crevices and stubs that link into those around me.  No more trying to fit my round edge into a square piece’s edge!

Today, my piece fit into others’ through leading a yoga class – helping a group of women connect to their safe, expansive place within, chatting with dear friends, and creating a workshop series for the teens I touch through my life’s work.

While all of these things are rather new in my life – quite different from the corporate ways I lived in not so long ago – I know that the baby steps I make every day are expressions of the vibrant thread that is my contribution to the people I touch and the lives I support.  As I continue to honor the true size and shape of the playful, passionate puzzle piece I am, I find myself naturally linking up and into those people and things that are natural fits for me.

Which puzzle piece are you?


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