"Where is it? What did I do with it?"
It's not where I think it should be. But my husband assures me that "knowing-where-it-should-be," is the key to finding it. His theory: "Everything you lose is within 22 inches of where you think it should be."
Well get the tape measure! Because I bought "The Hunt is On" embroidered T-shirts for my grandchildren to wear one year for the big Easter Egg Hunt I was organizing in our yard, but then when it was getting closer to the big day, I couldn't remember where I put the shirts. Ordering early was supposed to assure organization, but now organization is biting me in the butt, perhaps only 22 inches away from my behind, but nevertheless I had only
19 days to find those shirts.
Everyone has an opinion about how to find something you've lost. There are as many find-it solutions, as cures for silencing the hiccups. (By the way, if you're hiccupping right now, get a pencil and a glass of water. Stir the pencil in the water [like a swizzle stick], then gently bite on the pencil [like a stick between your teeth] and slowly drink the water. Hiccups cured!) Now back to finding what I'd lost.
My solution to remember, 'Think back Suzanne (one of the more popular theories), where were you standing when you had those T-shirts in your hand?' It was all coming back to me. I could see myself holding the T-shirts, thinking I needed to hide them real good, so the grandkids wouldn't accidentally find them. And I clearly remember putting the T-shirts somewhere I don't normally hide things, but everything after that is a blur.
Psychologists advise that talking out loud is the prevention and the cure, for finding what you've lost. Talk to yourself when you're putting something away, "I'm putting my keys in the drawer of my desk." And then when you can't find your keys, you're supposed to pick up the conversation, "I'm looking for my keys. I wonder where I put them?" If your keys actually respond, make an immediate appointment with one of those psychologists.
Umm, I feel the spirit...perhaps what you're looking for doesn't want to be found? Or another one-with-the-earth approach: Maybe it's not suppose to be in your life and that's why it left?
Or (my favorite) you could take Ann Lander's suggestion: "The best way to find something you have lost is to buy a replacement."
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