Just before the pandemic lockdown hit in 2020, I decided to buy my first jigsaw in about 50 years. I don’t know why … but I’m so glad I did.
I’ve done several since. The one in the photo is my latest – ‘Turtle Paradise’. It’s my paradise too.
Jigsaws have become a new love. They seem to go right to the heart of the HSP in me and many of my traits.
Colours – I realise how drawn I am to them. (This was underlined when a friend gave me a completely colourless, Perspex jigsaw as a gift – a mischievous thought, a horrible reality!)
Detail – jigsaw pieces have the tiniest details in them and these really seem to register in my brain. I often find myself walking back into the room, picking up a piece and slotting it straight into its place.
Shape – from individual pieces to the overall jigsaw, I’m in shape heaven.
Fit – I love the way pieces fit together and add up to the whole. Both beautiful things…
Completeness – people talk about perfectionism, for me it’s just about completeness. Literally, the full picture.
This last was tested when – for the first time ever – there was a piece missing in Turtle Paradise. I swithered about channelling the Japanese art of kintsugi: honouring the missing bit by painting around it in gold to highlight it.
I couldn’t do it! Instead, I ordered a bargain version of the jigsaw on a resale site, found the duplicate piece and used it to complete mine. That made for one happy HSP!
Which bit of your being an HSP gives you sheer – and unexpected layers of – joy? What puts you in HSP heaven?