Gather around boyfriends and girlfriends…settle down and grab a seat. Criss cross applesauce.
It’s time for a story. Today’s share?
“The Missing Piece” by Mr. Silverstein
Interpreted by Miss. Caterpillar
That would be me.
Ever felt you were missing something? Most of us have felt that something about “us” is lacking or broken.
We go about our lives the way we are and we may seem content.
But somewhere along the way we decide we can be better.
Maybe we get stuck in the grass-is-greener trap, or a sadness in our lives leaves us feeling empty and flawed.
We decide that if we change ourselves, then we can be happy. So we try different things – explore different roles. We try and find the missing puzzle piece that will make us feel better.
We might fill the emptiness with a new relationship or hairstyle. We may shop for a new wardrobe. Maybe we dedicate our lives to our career or devote all our time to studying. Some of us explore religion; some of us explore drugs.
We may try to fill the emptiness with food, a new diet, or health regime.
We try different things that don’t exactly fit.
So we exchange them for the next new pursuit, every time with the promise that this will finally fix us.
We might find our “niche” and be happy for a while.
At least we think we’re happy. Everything in our lives is running smoothly.
One day we realize what we’re really “missing” is our selves. The special things that make us unique.
We realize that there was never anything “broken” about us in the first place.
This book reminds me of this quote:
"Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you.
But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder." Henry David Thoreau
I hope you enjoyed it.
Remember boys and girls, we are God’s children. We are beautiful just the way we are and he will provide us with everything we need to be complete.
- What are some of the pieces you’ve picked up and put down in your life?