Have you ever worked jigsaw puzzles on your computer? It’s a lot of fun, and is probably an excellent way to help keep your brain stimulated. My husband and I were in our office, each working puzzles and I realized something interesting about how we individually approached the exercise. First let me explain that when you move a puzzle piece close to another and it’s a fit, if you have your volume turned up sufficiently, you will hear a clicking sound as the two pieces join. I noticed that while I loved hearing the click, Larry had his volume turned completely off. He said he doesn’t especially enjoy hearing the click. I already know I am an auditory learner, so none of this surprised me.
Here’s another example of how I began thinking about clicks. I have observed that Larry likes to leave closet doors partially or completely open after he enters the closet for any reason—retrieving something or putting something away. I was aware one day that I find these open doors throughout the day and when I do, I close them. As they close, they make a clicking sound! We had a discussion about opening and closing doors, and I actually recognized that I like the clicking sound as I close the doors, and that’s good for me because I suspect that I will continue to get many future opportunities to hear that satisfying sound!
Click number three is not a sound at all (I don’t think). Here’s what I am referring to. This click is a psychological click. One day after an especially difficult phone call with someone, I began to ruminate on my history with this individual and came to the realization that we have been, for years and I suppose will continue to be, looking for some ways to click—to find common ground, to discover points that we agree on, topics we are both interested in, etc. Even though the click is not discernible, when we do finally make the connection there is a definite click. For me it is a feeling of satisfaction and relief. And, when we talk and a click does not happen (which is fairly frequently), I feel disconnected and let down.
Lastly, I became aware of another type of click one day during my morning ritual of a good cup of coffee, discussion with Larry about spiritual topics, and lastly, meditation. I noticed I felt a click as I had an Aha, an epiphany, a new understanding, a New Thought, a revelation. These types of clicks bring me ever closer to what I call spiritual freedom, a term used by Joel Goldsmith in some of his writings. Spiritual freedom happens when we break out of the confines of our human mind to understand and experience life in new and profound ways. To me, this was clearly a form of clicking.
If you’re interested enough to do it, contemplating your own clicks can be fun. Do you have clicks in your world and life? If so, what are they, and do you find them pleasurable? Might you want to record them when they occur so that you can review them later and receive yet another hit of oxytocin? Perhaps you have noticed clicks not mentioned here. I’d love to know your thoughts on clicks and to hear about the ways you perceive them.