Take time and emphasize enjoyment. Racing through a puzzle doesn’t give the most pleasure.
They get me!
Set up a special puzzle table.
Yes, a puzzle table of one’s own.
Frustrating, unusual pieces provide greater satisfaction when they are finally in their place.
We will continually design unusual pieces to challenge you.
I’m sure you will.
Persevere! Don’t give up!
And at no point does the list mention patience. The understanding is that this will be a slow and precise process that is meant to be pleasurable, to be savored and enjoyed. Slowness is a luxury.
I’ve had the experience of making paintings as a greeting card illustrator, on a deadline, and in which I had some, but not much personal investment in the outcome or the process, and let me tell you, that takes patience. In fact, the word “painstaking” was even written in my contract. I was required to make the work in a “painstaking” fashion.
Which leads me to wonder if people place value on work that is made slowly and by hand, because someone has suffered to make it. That’s a bit disturbing. I’d rather think that what is held in high esteem is work that was done with pleasure. If not pleasure then attention anyway, but not pain.
If more of our tasks were labors of love, if more of our possessions were made with pleasure…
I’m so grateful that in this artist’s life I have found a way to keep myself engaged, amused and out of trouble six to eight hours a day. People enjoy what I make. I get paid and praised, and introduced to interesting people who do interesting things.
I would wish this on anyone.