....Several years ago I had purchased one of those multi-thousand piece puzzles. It was a spectaclar view of a sunset.....the sun just touching the oceans edge, the sky exploding with hues of burnt orange, pink and purple....fishing boats in the far off distance..and a beach with a few scattered souls, young and old.
Each night I would devote a few minutes putting the pieces together. Holding the cover of the box to my nose, hunting for the pieces to match. I held that box to my nose so many times, and for so long...I felt as if I had been on that beach...as if I was one of those souls in the puzzle.
Months later, the night arrived.....just a few pieces left and the puzzle would be complete! Just as I picked up the last piece to insert, I gasped! "Oh no!'.....There are two spaces open and I only have one piece left!"..I searched everywhere for that missing piece. I could not believe it...all that time and effort....my beautiful scene of the sunset...incomplete by one piece!
My son walked into the room..."finish it Dad?" he chimed. I smiled, "yes...its all done". "But Dad..... Look!you are missing a piece!" he exclaimed.
The next day I went to store and purchased a frame for the puzzle with the missing piece, and carefully framed the puzzle. Everyone that sees the puzzle has the identical reaction..."hey! did you know you are missing a piece to this puzzle?" I simply smile, and reply "yes....that is why I have decide to hang it....as a reminder....for people will always be quick to notice what is missing from this beautiful picture as opposed to noticing the beauty that is really here".
Another reminder on how life should be lived. See what you have, not what is missing!