I was recently reading the November 2012 issue of Good Housekeeping and came across an article by Gretchen Rubin where she talks about the “Lost Wallet Syndrome.” “Wow,” I thought as I was reading the text. “This just happened to me!” This past summer on July 4th, our family went to a HUGE extravaganza (70,0000 people big) at a nearby stadium where the Beach Boys and Scotty McCreery were both performing. We had such a delightful time UNTIL the end of the night when upon returning to our car (quite the trek amid all the people) I discovered I’d left my red wallet under my stadium seat in a disposable bag. I panicked and my daughter-in-law, Taylor, and Collin (Kade had a fractured leg at the time) sprinted the mile back to find the wallet. They had no luck–it was nowhere to be found.
For the next 24 hours I obsessed about finding my wallet. I called the stadium’s university to leave my info so they’d know how to contact me WHEN it was found. I prayed. I pondered on all the things I’d have to cancel and renew should I never find it. I thought to myself, “How happy I’d be if only I could find my wallet. I’d be happy forever!”
My wallet was found. An honest custodian turned it in to the lost and found. I was ecstatic for about two minutes, but then I was right back to where I started worrying about other things. Here’s what I learned about “Lost Wallet Syndrome:”
1. It often takes a catastrophe to make us appreciate what we have.
2. I must appreciate NOW what I have while I still have it.
3. I must love the small, ordinary details in life and appreciate the adventures of everyday existence.
The French writer, Collette wrote: “What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”
This week of Thanksgiving is helping me focus on appreciating the small, ordinary details in life. Things like:
1. The most beautiful, vibrant rainbow I’ve ever seen–this was the view as I left our church yesterday afternoon!
2. Brecken’s uplifting spirit amid an intense knew surgery last week. Thanks for all your love, support and prayers!
3. The best book in the world! Goes great with hot chocolate!
(You will be hearing a lot more about this book in future blogs. I LOVE it!)
4. A great sale! I love American Crafts!
5. I don’t watch a lot of TV but this show makes me soooo happy! Reporter Todd Hansen sets out to prove how fascinating so-called ordinary people really are. It’s on BYU-TV. Go here to see if it’s in your area. (It makes the time on the treadmill go so fast!)
In my next entry, I’ll tell you a little secret that helps me have an attitude of gratitude for the small thing of life. Stay tuned. And, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!