We have all done it – probably more than a few times. We simply cannot find something we know we put in a safe place, a specific spot we would remember so that we could retrieve.
And what a relief we feel when we find those car keys, or that specific coupon, or that special greeting card we set aside for our favorite uncle’s birthday.
Some of us may stow away presents we find during the year. Sometime during a rainy spring lunch break you stepped into a shop just for a moment – and there was that perfect gift for your sister. It’s not her birthday, nor is a holiday coming – but you know that if you get it now, she’ll be overjoyed when you gift her with it. You get home and stash it away – and forget it. Six months later when her birthday is nearing, you are short of funds and wonder what you can possibly afford to show your sister how special she is. You have a vague memory of a rainy day purchase – but where did you put it?
Finding these sequestered surprises always seem to bring on the joys of gratitude – and not from the recipient (who may never know the lengths to which you sought your hiding place) – but to your own heart…. and further for the guidance you followed in your memory to find that hide-away. The relief is powerful, it leaves you feeling as if you can do anything – you are brilliant, you are invincible… you are weightless!
That’s the feelings you have when you have found that which had seemingly been lost. But what does it feel like when you have unthinkingly misplaced something, or perhaps destroyed it in haste of clearing space, making room. The loss of something that can only be due to your own doing is self-destroying, if you allow it.
How could you have been so stupid as to have thrown away that lens cap. You knew it had to have been important, but it was not with the camera – and in a moment of frenzy to clear the table you didn’t recognize it for what it was; and you scooped it up and trashed it. You will berate yourself every time you put the camera away and every time you pull it back out of its case. You don’t let go of it. If it had been someone else’s cleaning up that caused the loss – you might have even forgotten and forgiven because you know that “things happen.”
After a wonderful four-day weekend at a beach resort, our family had downloaded pictures to share. Sixty-three from my camera went into a software program known as Dropbox – where you can invite others to view your pictures without using a heavy attachment that would slow down email. Upon downloading from my camera, I had automatically agreed to have the photos deleted from my camera simultaneously. Several family members viewed the pictures utilizing Dropbox and my husband wanted to share just a few of them with friends.
Thinking it would be easier to have my husband copy from our computer, I transferred the folder to the desktop. I thought I had copied the folder from Dropbox onto my computer – but I had only moved it out of Dropbox.
Yes, you guessed it. The next morning, my “recycle bin” seemed to have a duplicate folder – so I trashed it.
This is an endorsement and a mention of gratitude to the restoration feature in the Dropbox software! It took me several hours to individually restore each photo and then also to make a copy for my computer. But the welling up of appreciation to the programmers for considering such a wonderful redundancy is magnificent.
Finding is something God and I can do alone – with the intuitive guidance of a Loving and Patient Presence, it is a matter of letting go of panic and allowing the peace of God’s guidance to lead.
Recovering is something that involves another’s assistance – someone who cares enough to be there as a support as you take the necessary steps to regain what was lost. The thankfulness that swells within you involves appreciation as well as acknowledgement of someone else taking that extra step to insure your comfort and wholeness.
There are many organizations out their who are caring and sharing enough to be there for those of us who have forgotten ourselves just long enough to make mistakes – many of you may have been supported by their efforts. It’s a perfect time of the year to share a simple “Thank You” to all the individuals and the groups, large and small, who make this world a better place for all of us. Happy Thanksgiving to all!