As two of my preschoolers worked ever-so-thoughtfully to put a puzzle together, they realized that a single piece was missing. Up out of their seats they flew. Around the room they hunted. Eyes-wide and searching. A sense of genuine concern for the misplaced piece. I told them not to worry, we would find it. But still, they continued their pursuit of the puzzle piece, what they needed to complete the picture. I told them to keep working, that they could still put most of the puzzle together. Except for that one empty spot in the left upper corner, the puzzle was complete, the big picture was still visible.
There may be times when pieces, little and big, seem to go missing. And it sends you searching, wildly, for them. Most of the time, though, if you keep working at it, whatever it may be, you can still reach the endpoint without having all your pieces together and just so. No matter what you have planned, no matter what you think is missing from those plans, the bigger picture is always in sight if you take the time to see it.