The “Lost & Found” Box

a random glove
an umbrella
a pair of eyeglasses
a pen
These are just some of the things that might be found in a
“Lost and Found” box.
Much of what’s “found” and deposited in the box is forgotten and left behind, never again to be claimed by its original owner.

You look in the box for what you’ve “Lost”.
You put into the box something you’ve “Found”—something that’s not yours. 

“Lost” doesn’t only apply to things. It’s also true of parts of us—pieces we lose along the journey from childhood to “being grown up”.

You might have left behind:
unbridled passion
pleasure in living in the moment
childlike joy

You might have forgotten your sense of:

You might have put away the desire to:
try new things
make your home a place that you love
live in the moment
make a difference

You may have given up your belief in:
the absolute beauty of nature
the absolute beauty of you
the goodness of others

You may have abandoned:
the courage to speak your own mind
the desire to “think outside the box”
the willingness to take chances
the idea that you’re worth being loved

You may have “lost”:
your voice
your passion
your empathy
your truth

We replace those things—with other options that we “find” in the box—throughout our journey of living and hurting and trying and failing and giving up. What we put into our lives, however, often marginalize, rather than elevates, them. How sad.

You may have perfected:

You may have accepted:
feeling “less than”
the status quo
being mistreated
what you think is your “lot in life”

You may have settled for living in:
a lie
the past

You may have “found”:
disdain for your body

The problem with many of the things we’ve “found” along the way is that they’re man-made. They don’t belong to us. We choose them. Sometimes we leave this world never “finding” what we’ve “lost”. We’re afraid of going back to what we really need because we don’t remember how to be that way.

You look in the box for what you’ve “Lost”.
You put into the box something you’ve “Found”—something that’s not yours.
The problem is that we get to a point where we don’t look for what we’ve lost.
We decide to hold onto what we’ve “found”….it feels safer….and that becomes our truth.

What have you "lost"? What have you "found"? ©2015 PeacFullHome

If you dared to open your “Lost and Found” Box, what would be in it? What have you lost?

Two Exercises:
1. Take a chance and go back in time. If you have any photos of yourself when you were really young, take them out.
What do you see in your eyes? Do you see carefree and happy or a child who was already losing some of the joy?
What was your life like? Who were your surrounded by?
Give yourself the gift of remembering who you’ve been—the gift of reclaiming your birthright as a person of joy.

2. Think of just ten things that your enjoy doing….things that at your core bring you joy.
If there’s nothing, in your current life that elicits joy, go back in time and see if you can remember when your were happiest.
Write those ten things on little slips of paper.
Each week, for the next ten weeks, pull one out on Monday and do it that week. Let me know how that makes you feel.

The other day, my daughter, Sara, and I were talking about Mom. Toward the end of her life, Sara would take Mom grocery shopping. She was no longer up to doing it herself but didn’t want to miss out on the excursion. One day, Sara and Lauren (my granddaughter who was less than one at the time) were headed home from the grocery store when a torrential downpour hit. Sara parked in front of Mom’s house, got her up on the front porch, then handed her the baby carrier with Lauren in it. The rain was pouring down and Mom stood there, with a childlike joy she burst into laugher.
She laughed through the pain of her body.
She laughed through the absurdity of being taken care of by her first grandchild.
She laughed because of the gift of being able to hold her great-grandchild—and I’m quite confident that Lauren felt the unbridled joy that ran through the woman who held her with such love.
Sara remembers that day with complete clarity, and holds that in her heart as she goes through her busy days.

You are worth finding what you’ve lost.
Please believe that,

©2015 peace full home™/intentional living


2 thoughts on “The “Lost & Found” Box

  1. I felt sad reading this and thinking of all I have lost, not just those who have moved on, but the pieces of myself that I lost. I am going to laugh again, and not just on the outside. Thanks Kay.


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