Recently, as we were in the taxi leaving the hotel in Chicago, my husband mentioned that he may have forgotten his telephone blue-tooth headset. I commented "Don't worry, I was looking at the hotel manual and they said that they have a "lost and found" and if they find anything in the room, they will hold it for 60 days." Okay who actually reads the hotel manual and notices these kinds of things? I was looking for the fitness center and the information on the pool when I ran across the lost and found section. The more I thought about the lost and found policy, I determined that I need to start my own lost and found box.
People lose all kinds of things. Check out any Lost and Found Box and you will find keys, cell phones, gloves, hats, jackets, pictures, shoes and other items of personal value. For instance, the thought of going into my dreaded trouser sock drawer already frightens me. How do my trouser socks end up in a big pile with several mates missing instead of joined together? This is a complicated job! My husband tells me all the time to pin them together before they go into the wash, but I never do it. I'm really thinking about going out and buying another five pair in black of course when I catch them on sale. But seriously, why does the washer or dryer eat socks?
Wiki How suggests a sure fire method to finding lost things. It mostly suggests being in the right frame of mind and reflecting on your activities before losing the item and then taking the time to search for the item. I agree with the wiki How writer of "How to Find Thing You Have Lost", in that we should not become too stressed about finding the item. I have found when I get stressed in searching for an item it may be right in front of my face and I miss it. When I am frantic my husband just laughs and holds up the item and says, "Is this what you were looking for? It's right here." We had this same conversation this morning when I couldn't find my keys. No laughing hubby your will get your turn!
Remember the poem or quote: If you love something, set it free, If it comes back to you, it's yours. If it doesn't, it never was." Every time I think of this quote I concluded it was not just referring to lost things but also lost loves. This poem was word of wisdom when one of my friends broke up with their high school or college boyfriend. Later next month I am going to a high school reunion where I will run into friends who are thankful the lost loves never returned. I know I am most grateful.
If you have ever sang the first verse of the hymn "Amazing Grace" you have referred to yourself as being lost and found. How many times have you sang "I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind but now I see?" When former slave ship captain John Newton wrote the hymn he was referring to his change of heart regarding slavery. After his spiritual conversion, he eventually played an active role in fighting against slavery. We too have our lost and found moments where we eventually see the light.
Take a moment and think about your own personal lost and found. What or who have you lost that you need or want to find? In what areas of your life do you need to have a change of heart? Make a commitment to do the work to find what you are looking for physically, emotionally and spiritually.
In the meantime while you are reflecting, I better start looking for my favorite leather gloves. I saw one in the back of my car the other day. I wonder where the other one is?
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach