By Sara Calabro
The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein is profound in its simplicity, transformative in what it reveals. So is acupuncture.
The illustrated story is about a circular creature who feels incomplete because of his wedge-shaped cutout. On his journey to find fulfillment, he feels the sun and rain, meets worms and beetles, smells flowers, swims in oceans, and climbs up and down mountains. He meets various wedges but none are exactly the right fit. Eventually he finds what appears to be a perfect match, a wedge made in heaven. But a few rolls in, he realizes that being “fixed” actually makes him feel broken.
The Missing Piece is generally interpreted as a reflection on love and relationships. However, the book’s message also can be applied to health. Keep reading