The World Is/As a Puzzle

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My son, Timmothy, enjoys puzzles. He is at the point where size and number of pieces no longer matter. That being said, he is NOT looking for the impossible. I think he chooses by photo content (again, not looking for the most difficult).

Santa brought him this one for Christmas and he just completed it yesterday.

Every day we all face puzzles. Sometimes conventional and routine... like what am I going to wear today. Some times the puzzles are less conventional or routine like the jigsaw puzzle above and we react with "I've never seen this before" but we forge on to "get it all together".

Often Carol likes to help Timmothy put the puzzle together. Once in a great while I help out.

Sometimes in life we need help with our puzzles. There is nothing wrong in needing and asking for help. Sometimes it's nice to get help even when we don't ask for it.

Once in a while, as there was with the puzzle above, there is a piece missing. It's hard to replicate a piece for a jigsaw puzzle. It's hard to replicate a piece of our life that is missing. Sometimes it's impossible. That is when it's really nice to get help. If no one offers maybe no one is seeing that a piece of your life is missing... that's when it's best WE act and ask for help.

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Comments (31)

Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Great blog and great analygy.

Jan 03, 2022 02:26 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Ginger Harper . It's really nice to see your smiling face again. Wishing you a GREAT 2022.

Jan 04, 2022 10:42 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

My wife is a puzzle person as is the youngest grandson and they had one that took them almost a year to finish and they did not want help.  Had there been a larger puzzle present it would have been noticed and it would have gotten as much attention as was needed to fix

Jan 03, 2022 03:41 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I think the one prior to this one took my son and wife nearly a year as well Ed Silva . I was surprised as to how fast this one was completed.

Jan 04, 2022 10:44 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

A great time to do puzzles with them Covid surge happening now. A good puzzling challenge can be very good

Jan 03, 2022 04:17 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Good point Laura Cerrano and I bet the virus has caused record puzzle sales the past two years.

Jan 04, 2022 10:45 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That globe puzzle is something I haven't seen before, Bob.  It's quite unique.

Jan 03, 2022 05:04 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

The way it is set up it really was not much of a challenge Myrl Jeffcoat but it was disappointing that there was that one piece missing.

Jan 04, 2022 10:46 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Myrl Jeffcoat It kind of makes me want to find one and buy one for myself and my family and friends do you have some fun with

Jan 03, 2022 06:31 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Laura Cerrano  it is a neat puzzle but not a good one for team work. I'd recommend finding one with art you like. The back side of the pieces to this one are numbered so it's not much of a challenge.

Jan 04, 2022 10:48 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Puzzles require patience and motivation; a lot like blogging Bob. Happy Monday my friend 🙂

Jan 03, 2022 06:46 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

It is like blogging Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS . I set out to take a picture of the puzzle and announce it's completion. The real meat of the blog just came to me when I mentioned the missing piece. I felt someone reading this needed the message.

Jan 04, 2022 10:50 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

HI Bob- what a beautiful analogy that you shared with us. When I was younger we would always put jigsaw puzzles together. And now I work jigsaw puzzles on my computer using a program called Brainsbreaker. I've had it for well over 10 years. You can make puzzles of all different sizes and you can take any photo and turn it into a jigsaw puzzle. 

Jan 03, 2022 06:50 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Oh that is really cool Kathy Streib . I want to tell Timmothy about it but I'm afraid that if he does that then mom will be left out.

Jan 04, 2022 10:52 AM
Kathy Streib

It's different but I've worked a puzzle with my niece on my laptop. 

Jan 05, 2022 08:03 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, that is really cool, I have never seen a puzzle that didn't lay flat before.  He did a great job with that one.

Jan 04, 2022 04:46 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

It was really tough, if not impossible, to get the surface as smooth as it should be Brian England because you don't want to press to hard.

Jan 04, 2022 10:53 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a wonderful analogy! I've always loved doing puzzles.... and yes, there are times when we may need to ask for help and that's perfectly fine.

Jan 04, 2022 04:50 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thanks Kat Palmiotti . These days no one should be ashamed to ask for help. It's a tough world out there to navigate these days.

Jan 04, 2022 01:15 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Bob "RealMan" Timm,

What a wonderful puzzle..I have not seen the Spherical Puzzle and know the perfect person who would love one! Great analogy.

Jan 04, 2022 05:28 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Dorie Dillard Austin TX . It is a neat puzzle and it comes with a tab to hang it up. I thought someone out there could use the analogy as well.

Jan 04, 2022 01:18 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Bob our holiday was full of puzzles this year.  I just happened to see a series of 'engineer-type' puzzles in the check out line.  Of course I had to pick it up for Gary.  He had a blast trying to figure them all out. Not so easy.  Then it was on to other puzzles for more quests.  I love this Sperical Puzzle in your post.  How interesting!!

Jan 04, 2022 09:41 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker I'd like to take a look at those engineering puzzles myself. Not saying I want to do one but I know I'd like to see one.

Jan 04, 2022 01:20 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Bob they are called Project Genius (I think).  Google it and see what pops up.  There also is a website that shows how to solve each little puzzle if somebody can't figure it out.  Which is the case!!   Gary even had a hard time with some of them and he's an aerospace engineer!

Jan 04, 2022 02:43 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


This was a terrific analogy - we all have puzzles in life, but we don't always get to choose them. And getting help of some sort is often a good idea.


Jan 04, 2022 04:43 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Jeff Dowler, CRS . As the Beatles said we get by with a little from our friends and sometimes we have to go professional as well.

Jan 04, 2022 04:48 PM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

Puzzles can be fun, but perspective is key. Someone can come along and bring you new perspective. 

Jan 05, 2022 06:58 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

So true Erik Hiss . I have found that the "new perspective" is usually very enlightening and often more soothing then my original assessment. 

Jan 05, 2022 08:55 AM
Matt Brady
Finance Of America - Del Mar, CA
One of San Diego's Best Lenders

I love puzzles, both the relaxing ones with pieces and the ones my job presents. I wonder if that is why I chose lending to begin with. Tell Timm Timm, nice job.

Jan 05, 2022 02:00 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Will do Matt Brady . We do have plenty of puzzles with our occupations don't we. Even now, in retirement, I have the puzzle as to how much time I want to spend working as a notary and how much time I can just relax and enjoy myself.

Jan 06, 2022 07:39 AM
Miriam Odegard
United Real Estate Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN
Real Estate Broker Serving Greater Indianapolis

What a cool puzzle! And you're right--sometimes life is a puzzle and sometimes, when we are missing the pieces, it's wise to ask for help. 

Jan 06, 2022 02:39 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Miriam Odegard my wife found the globe puzzle at a drug store and knew Timmothy would like it. The message came to me as I started to post the blog.

Jan 06, 2022 06:37 PM
Miriam Odegard

Now that's serendipitous! 

Jan 07, 2022 04:39 PM