Life is like a Jack-in-the-box? That sounds a little trite you say? Maybe … maybe not. You see, when you turn the handle of a Jack-in-the-box, immediately all sorts of interesting and sometimes surprising things happen.

Recently I had the opportunity to become reacquainted with someone from my youth. It is interesting to open up those old memory boxes and brush off the events of the past. Some of the memories are faded, dusty and dog-eared. Some make you smile. Some do not. Still, they illustrate accurately events that led you to where you are today. I now better realize how the past is the genesis of the broken glass, tile shards, polished pebbles and rusty bottle caps that we have each arranged to produce the mosaic that is now “us.” I really believe that by careful tessellation of the combined past and present, we can individually produce a beautiful work of living art that we each call “life.”