I was working my way through my own personal puzzle in 2010. It was a transformative time, as I moved through grief into an appreciation for my newly reshaped life and spirit. I sat down and wrote a poem “This Puzzle Called Life.” It is included in my book “Emerging Voices.“
For me, it was about letting go of fear and finding my creative voice. The poem still inspires me today. “LDR” equals Laurel Diane Rund saying “YES” to life! That’s my Essence talking about the here and now.
This Puzzle Called Life
Pieced together throughout the years,
the outside border of this puzzle called “life”
presents itself as my human form.
Like a comfy pair of shoes, it is easy to wear
and visible for all to see.
Ah, but the inside pieces are much more
complex ~ hidden from view.
They are a reflection of my spirit, of my soul!
I have finally come to understand that these
puzzle pieces ought not be rigid or unyielding.
They should be sturdy, pliable and unrestrained
because life is about change and wisdom gained.
In the past, I was intimidated by puzzles,
put off by the frustration of not being able
to see how everything fits together.
Today, as I move my life’s puzzle pieces around
and new shapes take form, I am filled
with curiosity and confidence.
These colorful images are a kaleidoscope which
reveal my intent, my purpose and the gifts within me.
Laurel D. Rund (c) 2010