I seldom lose things, and the rare times that I do, I tend to find them easily by simply retracing my steps.
But this time, that wasn’t the case. I recently came back from a holiday visit, and upon my arrival my beloved bus pass has gone missing. I searched the same place three times as if it was going to miraculously reappear. I returned to my suit bag where I was 110% certain I left it: nothing. Every time I retraced my steps, it led me back to the same location; nothing still. Feeling a bit dismayed, I searched other places, and still nothing.
After the third time of searching, I decided to give it a rest. Moreover, I wasn’t going anywhere that required a bus pass. The next day, I searched again with less intensity, little-to-no worry, and more passively. After searching once, I accepted my fate that the bus pass is gone, and perhaps I truly have lost it and will never find it again.While I wasn’t worried, I was rather disappointed because that meant I needed to purchase a new one.
On the third day, on my way out, I grabbed some change for the bus. Few steps out the door, my spirit told me to go back and grab my old bus pass. This old bus pass is my old school ID that allows one to ride the bus freely. But I had stop using it 8 months ago (and purchased the temporary bus pass that I lost) because it gets declined every time I try. But on this faithful day, before feeding the bus my change, I decided to swipe it first and to my surprise it works! It works! Now, I still have no reasonable explanation as to how it started working, but had I not lost my temporary bus pass I would have never discovered that my permanent ID works. Had I not lost my bus pass, I would have spend more money to buy yet another temporary one while my permanent one works.
I narrate this to say, often times, what we see as a loss is a gateway to greater discoveries and oppurtunities. Failing and losing is part of life, and you shouldn’t always react to them like it is the end of the world because it isn’t! It is in the midst of failure, that you tend to experience growth and progress. Failure helps you identify your weakness and redirect your focus. Also, worrying never solves anything but distracts you and steers you further away from the solution.
Let your spirit lead you.