Have you ever searched for something and not seen what is right in front of your eyes?
I have a pair of reading glasses that I use when I’m on my PC. They stay in the same drawer of my mini filing cabinet that sits on my desk and I always put them back in the same place.
When I came to find them today, they ‘weren’t there’. So I went searching.
When did I last wear them?
Where did I last take them off?
I searched counter tops, pockets, other drawers. Nothing.
There was really only one place they could be. That drawer. They must be there…
On the second attempt, I decided to change my mindset from ‘they’re definitely not in here’ to ‘they must be in here somewhere’ and guess what?
There they were, sitting there, waiting. And this time, I saw them.
Interesting that they didn’t register at all first time. And interesting what a simple shift in mindset allowed me to ‘see’.
We are bombarded with so much daily information to process that our brains will naturally delete, distort and generalise to avoid overwhelm, so we can cope.
I wonder how many people are hard on themselves when this natural process occurs?
Have you ever looked for something and not seen it even though it was there all the time?
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