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The Missing Piece Meets the Big O: Are You My Missing Piece?

Updated on March 15, 2011

The Missing Piece Meets the Big O is a book that you must read.

  • Did you ever feel that something is missing inside you?
  • Are you waiting for that special someone to come along?
  • Do you sometimes feel empty and lonely?
  • And when these feelings occur, have you tried looking for that something or someone to fill the "hole" within?
  • Are you looking for your missing piece?

I guess at some point in our lives, we have felt those things. And we have been searching for the missing piece. For others, they have been able to answer these questions and it has given them much joy and peace already. And yet for the rest, who may be feeling lost and restless and uncertain, you may still be on the road searching for that one thing to fill you.

And if so, please continue reading. I now invite you to sit comfortably and read the wonderful story written by Shel Silverstein. The story entitled "THE MISSING PIECE MEETS THE BIG O."

Perhaps you will find the answer in the most unexpected way.

The Missing Piece Meets the Big O by Shel Silverstein

Questions for Reflections or Discussion

After reading the story, this is a great time to reflect. And if you are like me, you could invite a friend(s), spouse, your students and share and discuss. Or you could also post your thoughts down below in the comment box.

  1. What character in the story could you relate the most?

  2. What is your missing piece?

  3. What is that something that you think you need in order for you to be fulfilled? Is it finding the right spouse? The right job? The right vocation? The right purpose? The right house? The right community?

  4. Have you at one time or the other found your missing piece, and later on heard yourself saying, "You have changed. You are not my missing piece anymore. Perhaps my true missing piece is still out there." So you find yourself leaving and searching again.
  5. Have you found yourself trying to change how you look, the way you dress, color your hair, perhaps in the hope that being more attractive, you would find that special someone to fill you, to complete you?
  6. Have you met people who have found fulfillment in life? And you want to know their secret to the joy that you see when they smile.

  7. Have you met people who are still restless, who keep running around always thinking that the grass is greener on the other side? That something or someone else is better.

  8. Which group do you belong to?

  9. What have you learned from the story? What are your reflections?
  10. Are you capable of believing that you do not need a person or thing to fill you? But you have to be whole from within?

About the Author


Photo taken by Daisy B.  Her model: me (grin)
Photo taken by Daisy B. Her model: me (grin)

On Being Whole

I wanted to share with you this story because it's not preachy. It's not heavy with text (esp. for those who do not like to read books.) It's open for you to think and reflect. The drawings are simple, in black and white. But so much wisdom could be found in the book. It's pretty amazing!

I too went about my journey trying to find my missing piece. I thought it was finding the right partner, or being in the right job. But I have to honestly tell you that even when I was in a relationship and doing a job that involved helping kids, I still felt something was missing.

I too had a beautiful friendship with God even as a child. I knew how much He loved me. But still I found myself asking Him why all this emptiness. This story brought to life what I have discovered. To find joy and fulfillment, you have to be whole from within. I had to find myself.

I had to heal. I had to start loving me. I had to be okay being alone. I had to start getting to know myself. And appreciate who I am. Because God's love is best seen when we have truly discovered the beauty that is within us---just waiting for it to unfold. And so slowly the sharp corners became more rounded as I became more gentle with myself, as I learned to love myself.

The journey still continues. Living, learning and growing. And I hope for you as well.

Michelle Simtoco


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      Fiona Sass 8 years ago from Saint Laurant de Cerdans, PyrĂ©nees Orientales, France

      i needed that, thanx ripplemaker, gonna show it to my daughter when she wakes, and make it a utube favourite for my boy. i love his poetry.....anything can happen child, anything can be....great hub! and i really appreciated the open honest expression of G-ma Johnson, ditto all round xc

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      scheng1 8 years ago

      very refreshing to read this hub

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you Guardian for your kind words. :-) It inspires me to write more.

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      Guardian1 8 years ago

      This was a very beautiful and thought provoaking hub. You have a lot of heart. Thanks for all the effort you put into this piece.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Sis Dottie, so good to hear from you. :-) Randi's heart was very open as she reflected on where she is. I believe her feelings and thoughts are sometimes ours too. :-) Okay, today I will be quiet with you. That would be nice as well.

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Hi Michelle, I don't know why but I'm being kind of quiet right now:) I just read Randi's post and your answer which was quite inspiring and a heavenly delight. I always look forward to what you have to say, sis! Thank you.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Randi, as I read your reflection, I want to jump with joy. Yes because you see everytime a person in this whole wide world recognizes that her/his soul is beautiful and has decided to love oneself so one could go and share more of oneself, the heavens rejoice! LOL Yes, it does! I am glad this helped you when you needed it. Keep on Randi... your journey to self discovery is an ongoing journey! :-) Thanks for sharing.

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      Randi 8 years ago

      I consider myself fairly well rounded. Fairly smart, and fairly pretty. I don't look for other people to fill my hole, I don't look to fill some one else...but sometimes I do feel....missing. Like something is missing and I don't know what it is. Something I can't name, it might be a person or a thing or it might not be. All I know is that it's missing, it's missing and I can't figure out how to find it.

      I found this...hub thing by typing these words into google "How to find that missing piece that's lost and you don't know what it is" yours was the second on the list. I clicked it and watched the little video and read some of the comments. I think that maybe this was the answer I was looking...longing for. That the missing piece isn't something, someone, outside. It's myself... Like I said, I've always been fairly confidant and self-assured that I knew who I was. I liked myself fairly well.

      Buy maybe it's time to move past all those fairly's and start flopping and flipping and eventually bouncing to I AM's. To, being conetent with myself and more then just fairly liking myself. I have always said that I love who I am, but I think maybe I said it more to convince myself it's true.

      Thank you for posting this. It was exactly what I needed when I needed it.


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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi hibiscul_mel, the journey to the self is a sacred one. And it is a joy to share this journey with you. Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts.

      Hi roastedpinebark, keep rolling my friend. Keep on. Me too, I celebrate when I learn from my mistakes and stand up each time I fall. I celebrate your discovery and joy. :-) Blessings to you.

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      roastedpinebark 9 years ago from Iowa

      Thank you for sharing this with us Ripplemaker, I got a lot out of this. In my life, I found that the story rings true as I smoothed my edges out and started learning to roll recently; it really has made my life more full and happy.

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      hibiscus_mel 9 years ago from Marlton, New Jersey

      There would always be times that we would keep on looking for the missing piece. That is human nature. I believe everyone will feel that at some point in our lives. Yet as we live and grow, as we use our senses sharply we will come to discover what the missing piece really is. As we come to understand God's love we will also be able to accept ourselves and others.

      You always have the wisdom to uplift people. You are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing this hub.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Mike, I will take the time to read your hub after work :) Now it is time to prepare for school... :) God bless you too.

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      mikeq107 9 years ago

      Hi Michelle :0)

      Great hub!!!! I recently wrote a hub Called "motorcyle adventure" when you have time read it:) . It was a divine appointment I will never forget :0)

      God Bless you my friend!!!         mike:000))

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      dayzeebee 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      the first time you showed me this book i knew we could use it in our seminar/workshops. thank you for always providing profound materials. you are a treasure.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you. I am grateful to God for having completed my jigsaw. God, wife, children: they filled the spaces one by one for me.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      That's great Ananta! Will read what you wrote. :)

      Glassvisage, why thank you for the 'compliment'. I'm rather curious as to what made you say that.

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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      What a beautiful hub. It's probably the most sincere I've seen in a while. It's nice to see hubs written with such good intent rather than the desire to earn Google Adsense revenue :)

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      Ananta65 9 years ago

      Nice hub! I've taken the liberty to post my thoughts in a hub ( rather than in a lengthy comment :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks solarcaptain.

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      mike king 9 years ago from california

      wonderful you are a spiritual guide and teacher

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Rob, your words are a joy to my heart. Thank you for your sincerity. :-)

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      Rob Jundt 9 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Believing in yourself, loving yourself, and radiating your self confidence will bring you your missing piece. I am humbled by your transparency here and wish you all the successes you deserve. Keep true to yourself and allow God to work through you for He loves a contrite and humble heart. Your spirit is fresh and inspiring. Peace!

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks cgull :-)

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      cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

      I agree with Zsuzy, great hub and thoughtful piece, nice video. Cheers.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      In the Doghouse, I appreciate your sharing. What a lovely quote. :-) I love The Giving Tree book also. My friend Stella wrote a book review about it.

      Thanks for reading this hub. :-) May you share the story to others.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California


      What an awesome book you have shared with us. I love Shel Silverstein, my favorite of his being, The Giving Tree. I hope you don't mind me sharing, but I am brought to recall a famous quote from someone I greatly admire. It goes like this: "I am like a huge, rough stone rolling down from a high mountain; and the only polishing I get is when some corner gets rubbed off by coming in contact with something else,...Thus I will become a smooth and polished shaft in the quiver of the Almighty..." Thanks again for the thought provoking HUB.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Sciantel, Jesus has been my best friend for life. His love has helped me find my "missing piece" - myself :-)

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      Sciantel 9 years ago

      Jesus will fill up any empty space inside you. If you do not know Him as your personal Savior, give it a try. You will never be sorry. Admit that you sin and ask Him to forgive. Believe that God sent Him and that He is God who came in human form and understands lonliness. He was tempted just as we are and He won the victory. All who believe do too!

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Jenny, thanks for reading this hub. My best friend first shared that book with me. It became a topic of discussion for us and I was so glad youtube had it. That made sharing much easier. :-)

      G-ma, what can I say but thank you very much. It's honest and real people like you that help me become a better person.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      And you are so right my dear..It was the simplicity of the video that really got to me. It is simple and we make it so much more. As Inspirepub said the drawings were wonderfully simple and with so much emotion. (I bet Kenny would love this one.) I shall tell him. You are a sweet sweet person..Thanks for the hugs and the caring. God Bless You G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I love this story, and especially the drawings - it's amazing how a few little lines can carry so much emotion.

      Thanks for finding and sharing it!


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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      A beautiful motto Zsuzsy Bee :D Thank you for reading this hub.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Living, learning and life motto.

      Another great insightful hub

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      My dearest G-Ma, it's truly okay.  Don't be sad.  Now I want to run to you and give you a hug.  But guess what, I believe our world is similar in the sense that we all go through our pain and burdens. And sometimes? We have to know what is not to discover what is.  Just take one day at a time.  But at least it starts with having a new perspective.  This is an invitation for us to start loving ourselves.  How?  Well, we can start being grateful for who we are - even the insane, crazy side of us that makes mistakes.  Big hugs back to you G-Ma.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Rainbow Recognizer, I guess that's why you recognized the rainbows of everyday life.  Thank you for your inspiring comment and for sharing your thoughts about finding your missing piece.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      OMG you are something else ripplemaker..why do you do this to me?why why why? Now I have to actually deal with my innerself I have to try to be whole..try to love me...don't you know it's easier to love everyone else? don't you know I don't know about your life or your world? I don't have my life figured out? what about jumping off the edge...Is there solid ground below? what do you say? I just want to start again......Give me a drink..leave me alone..where do I go from here? It is so sad what I have become...I can't see the sun in the sky from here. Does tomorrow have a day? My Peace will come...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      RainbowRecognizer 9 years ago from Midwest

      Your hubs are always very thoughtful and uplifting. I also looked outside of myself for the "missing piece" and I must say Life is much more beautiful now that I am my own best friend. Thanks for sharing this. :)