I love doing jigsaw puzzles. I remember as a kid doing them with my grandfather and having a knack for it. I still have some in my house, you know, the ones with 1,000/1,500 pieces. These days, I do most of them online. Different shapes and colors and of course, subject matters/designs that only come together when the pieces are put together. This is one I did recently.
This week in #ETMOOC, there has been a certain amount of anxiety people have had because like a jigsaw puzzle, the bits n’ bytes of #ETMOOC have been put on the table and are scattered all over the place. So many pieces, so many places to start. Most of us crave structure and the chaos of the pieces being scattered leaves us with a desire for them to come together in a meaningful way. That’s their purpose.
Usually, when I start a puzzle, I create a framework by doing the border of the puzzle. Next, I sort pieces by color or parts of the subject matter/design. Next, I begin the work of assembling the puzzle. So, you get the metaphor, right? This week was not about putting pieces together. It was about beginning to get a sense of the subject, being introduced to the different parts of the puzzle (people, bits n’ bytes of information, applications, etc.) and thinking about how to engage the puzzle. We’ve all been exploring how to do that and many have contributed to our understanding of how to begin the work and get a little more grounded in the process.
So, don’t fret. Let there be joy in the journey as you meet people from many places and backgrounds and read/see through the lens of their experience/curation. Also, I hope, like me, you will get more comfortable in your own skin (who you are), and see yourself as one of many pieces that make up the #ETMOOC community. It’s been a pleasure for me to be a part of others joy as they’ve engaged #ETMOOC. I’ve been reminded that no matter how small my contribution, it has its place not only in my experience, but in enriching the lives of others. Being reminded of that was worth the first week alone. Here is the video by Derek Sivers that really brought that home for me. (Obvious to You, Amazing to Others)