• Farris Hamwi

Steps to finding a lost or misplaced item?

The Right Mindset

Being in the right mindset is a critical first step to finding your lost item.

  1. Take a deep breath and shake off any stress or anxiety the best you can. You need to think and act rationally, and if your body is stressed out or anxious, your mind will not be in its most optimal state to think and recall. Calm your mind.

  2. Trust that if the item can be found in a practical way and within a reasonable time, it will be found by you. This belief will not only help calm you, but it will also give you confidence, which in turn will allow you to focus on the task at hand.

  3. Think only about what you want, and that should be finding the item lost or misplaced. Spending your effort worrying about consequences, thinking about contingency plans, placing the blame on someone, or going through the various "what if" scenarios is not going to help you.

  4. Remember there are more lost items that get found, and found items that go unclaimed than there are items that are stolen. So chances are the cleaning person or crew at work, hotel, or your home did not take your item.

  5. If you believe in magic and in things disappearing, you should believe they can reappear with that same conviction.

  6. Finally, keep the below quote in mind.

“If the problem can be solved, why worry? If the problem cannot be solved, worrying will do you no good.”

― Shantideva

Divide and Conquer

Take an overwhelming task and divide it into more manageable sub-tasks.

  1. Recall the last time and place you are confident the lost item was with you or on your person.

  2. List the individuals you have spent time with since the last time you recall having the item from the above step. If possible, ask those same individuals whether or not they recall seeing the lost item, and if they have, ask about the time and location.

  3. List all the locations you have been to since the last time you are confident the item was with or on you. Begin searching the most recent locations first then work your way back to the earlier visited locations.

  4. Search calmly and thoroughly with confidence and with the expectancy of finding. It is better to search a location once than it is to repeat the same search several times hoping that it will produce a different result.

  5. Depending on the urgency or importance of what was lost, expand your search capability by soliciting the help of others.

  6. Utilize the proper tools. If you are calling a location, make sure you are calling the right phone number that can assist you. If you are using an establishment's website make sure you follow their specific instructions. And always follow up.

  7. Your final option is to post what you have lost on a public forum or on a mobile app, but there are security and safety risks associated with this approach so be very cautious. LnF is a mobile application with a mission to create a single, effective, interconnected global network for lost and found that is safe and secure. To make this a reality please ask your favorite venue, school, business, community, or any establishment you frequent to become a participating LnF Location.

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”

― Albert Einstein

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