Last week, while packing for a family vacation, I decided to take a favorite pearl bracelet – a gift left to me by my friend Lucy more than twenty-five years ago. This bracelet is one of the few meaningful keepsakes I wear on special occasions and I wanted to have it with me when I traveled. But when I went to get the bracelet from my jewelry box, I discovered it was missing.
Doing my best to remain calm, I searched everywhere for it, looking in drawers, cabinets, keepsake boxes, even under the bed! I couldn’t find it anywhere. As someone who prides herself on being organized, I knew it had to be in the house somewhere. So, after a while I decided to give up and trust the bracelet would show up. That lasted just a few hours .
By evening, I was back looking for the bracelet, going through everything again – my jewelry box (at least five times!), the nightstand, and every drawer in my bureau.
After making myself crazy, I stopped. I did my best to let go of my attachment to finding it before the trip but honestly, I kept wondering where it was.
When I returned home from our trip, I happened to go into my jewelry box for something else and there sat the pearl bracelet! Surprised, I looked up at my husband Michael for a moment, secretly wondering if he had played a joke on me. But I knew better. I hadn’t mentioned the fact that I couldn’t find it.
The moment I discovered the bracelet I was reminded of something so important: Attachment clouds our vision. I was so fixated on finding this favorite memento that I couldn’t see what was right in front of my eyes.
Funny how important life lessons come to us in the simplest of ways, huh?
The next time I’m running around like a crazy woman trying to force something to happen, I need to remember this lesson. Relax, I want to tell myself, focus on patience and presence instead of pushing so hard.
This morning, as I edit this piece, I have a sneaking suspicion that Lucy, one of my guardian angels, is continuing to share her wisdom from beyond…
Crazy just makes more crazy. Try patience instead .
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