Where to look when you are lost

Published 10:39pm Monday, June 25, 2012

Have you ever noticed the intensity with which you search for a lost object when you need it: your wallet, purse, keys, a pair of earrings or socks?

When you need it, you need it right then and when time is running out, finding that misplaced object is the highest priority in your life at that very moment.

Well, it was 3 a.m. and his neighbors all wondered what was going on. They wondered, “Why is he standing at the edge of the street directly under a street light?”

Being bold, one neighbor walked over and asked, “Is everything alright?”

Frantically looking at the ground the man responded, “I lost the keys to my house! My life is over!”

Knowing that feeling of emptiness, the neighbor decided to help his friend find his keys. After a few minutes he said to him, “exactly where did you drop your keys?”

The emotionally drained man said, “Well, I was in my house.”

The helpful neighbor asked, “Well then why are we looking out here?” He said, “Because the lights are better out here.”

It is a truth that we have known for a long time, you will never find what you are looking for unless you look in the right place.

Many of us today are looking for answers to our lives in all the wrong places. We rarely look inside of our house, that is, ourselves.

The most difficult thing to do is to realize or admit that you are lost.

Being lost is not necessarily based upon position as much as it is disposition.

In other words, being lost does not have as much to do with where you are as much as it does with how you are.

You can be lost positionally, but as long as you recognize that you are in an unfamiliar place, you can place yourself in a position where you can get the necessary directions and instructions in order to maneuver your way out of the unfamiliar place.

But, how you are is more about focusing inward. Your disposition has more to do with your attitude, emotions, mind and spirit about life.

It reveals the real you.

To ignore yourself is to place yourself outside searching for keys that you left on the inside of the house. If you are going to move forward, you have to be real with yourself and admit that you can do better than what you have done.

You can help more than you have helped. You can believe more than you have believed.

We all have room for improvement. There is no such thing as staying the same; you either get better or you become lost.

You never notice that something is lost until you need it and then it’s always in the last place you look.

So, take an inventory of self; look within yourself and determine whether or not you have everything that you need


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