“The Missing Piece Meets the Big O” by Shel Silverstein is one of my all time favorite books. I recommend this short story to everyone and find it can be an especially useful tool for therapy sessions. Click the link below to access on You Tube:
Often people feel they need someone or something to make them feel “whole”. Considering all the trials and tribulations the missing piece goes through in this story, it reminds me of many of my past experiences with people. At times I was the missing piece. At other times I was an O missing a piece. It has been a journey to become my own Big O. Being a Big O is not constant- sometimes I roll alone or with others, sometimes I sit and observe or rest. My shape changes every day. But the wholeness of my being is important to remember. I appreciate the other shapes around me as their presence contributes to my experience of being.
In sessions, I ask clients to consider if they can relate to any of the shapes in this story today, in the past and where they see themselves going/what they would like to achieve.
I believe each one of us is both the missing piece (our current awareness of self) and the Big O (our potential). In invite clients to use art materials to represent that using the following template:
I invite you to do the same. It is a simple image that can be colored to represent ourself, our potential/desire and even our sharp edges. This image is mandala like and can be altered to suit the individual. Enjoy!