I’m reading a book called The Japanese Lover by Rani Manicka. I got this book from my daughter-in-law last week when I was in Calgary. I thought it would be a simple and easy read. In actual fact, there are surprising layers of depth in the book. Most of the wisdom comes from a medicine woman and healer named Maya. Throughout the book, she gives the reader insights into the meaning of life. I was especially moved by this passage. It struck a chord with me and has stayed with me. A definite AHA moment! Here is the passage:
“Each of us has come to this earth with a few pieces to a jigsaw puzzle as big as this universe. Each time we meet someone, we unconsciously show them our pieces to see if they have pieces that fit ours. If they don’t, they go their way, and we have no more to do with them. But if they do, ah… that is when the attraction, love, hate, jealousy, heartaches, lessons begin.”
“The trick is to immerse oneself completely in the moment, live it and when it goes to not have an ounce of regret or a backward glance.”
If you are looking for a good read with a lot of depth, get this book. And the next time, you meet someone new, think about whether they might fit into your life puzzle. And if they seem to fit enjoy the moments.
Here is my illustration of “life as a puzzle.”