Today on a certain website, someone told me that my answers to certain questions were very good and therefore I decided to transform them into an article and thereby help more people with my advice.
However, I’d like to add the example of a case to illustrate my point better.
This summer, one of my best Brazilian friends came to Greece with her daughter. We traveled together with my son to two Greek islands. My friend and her daughter were taking pictures all the time. They took so many pictures that we got delayed everywhere because they were taking pictures of us, then you and me, then everybody together, now here, now there…
My friend noticed she had lost her camera for a few minutes before our trip to Mykonos from Santorini. My son and her daughter ran to the car we had rented to see if she forgot it there. We almost missed the ship to Mykonos… In the end, her daughter found the camera in a certain bag. We went to Mykonos and then we went back to Athens.
My friend, her daughter and my mother went to a Greek restaurant in the midst of Athens, with Greek music: a place for tourists. I didn’t join them in this outing because I had work till late.
My friend forgot the camera in the restaurant…
However, my mother knew the restaurant very well because we always go there with our Brazilian friends, and she called the restaurant, they found the camera and kept it safe. On the next day my Brazilian friend went there and retrieved it.
However, the very next day she, her daughter and my mother went again somewhere by taxi, and guess what?
My friend forgot the camera in the taxi!
She didn’t say anything to my mother because she was really ashamed. When I saw her, her face had a color that I don’t know how to describe…
I asked her what had happened with the camera again, imagining what I would hear from her. She told me not to tell anything to my mother and simply forget it.
I told her that we better tell my mother because she usually uses the same radio taxi for her programs and we could call them and ask about the camera… So, we told my mother what happened, she called the radio-taxi company and they found the camera yet again!
The next day, a taxi driver brought her camera back. She had to pay for the journey, but she was very happy because the camera was with her again!
We started asking her all the time: “where is the camera?” She would laugh and tell us for example: “I only went to the toilet”. But, perhaps you decided to take a picture of the toilet! Who knows?… Where is the camera?
The camera is now in Brazil with her, after all its adventures in Greece.
Now, think that my dearest friend stayed in Greece only one week… Think about how many more times she could have lost that camera if she had stayed longer…
Think about how sad this story would be if she really had lost the camera in the end, after taking more than 1000 pictures in Greece…
Of course, my friend has a very serious person. She is an engineer and has a big company in Sao Paulo! However, in her vacations, she was too relaxed and this funny story occurred.
Now, here is my solution for people who keep losing things:
I used to lose everything when I was a teenager, but I learned how to be very careful and pay attention to what I am doing. I was always thinking about something else while doing some things and this is why I couldn’t remember where my things were or remember to bring them with me.
If you have this problem you need a system.
Your things must have a special place. Never leave your things wherever you are. Go put each thing in its specific place so that you’ll be able to find everything automatically, even if your room is messy.
Always verify if you are bringing with you everything you need when you are leaving the home of another place. Always check to see if your keys, wallet, cellular phone, umbrella, etc., are with you. Verify even if you are sure they are with you. This way you can make this verification an automatic reaction that will help you prevent future problems.
Since you know you have this problem: you are always forgetting and losing something, pay attention to everything and don’t be indifferent to this characteristic of your personality, because it will make you suffer.
When you are doing something important like locking your house and keeping the keys in your purse or pocket, stop thinking about what you are going to say or what you have to do later. Think about what you are doing at that moment. Pay attention to your movements. Say to yourself: now I’m doing this.
Always be careful because you may lose something very important or do something very silly that will put you in danger, only because you lost your keys or your wallet…