Winning Words

Losing the little things, finding the big things

Column by Michael Norton

It seems as over the past 12 months I have lost or misplaced a half-dozen cellphone chargers. Whether it is the wall charger or the car charger, they just seem to disappear from the wall, my car, my backpack, or my mind. Regardless of where they went, the result is that I find myself right back in the store purchasing another one.
Maybe it's just my memory getting slower and I just can't remember where I placed them. Perhaps I have left my energy source in any number of power outlets in hotels or airports along the way. All I do know is that they were considered lost and then out of necessity, replaced.
Well wouldn't you know it? At least half of them were found in a recent reorganization of my home and office. So for now I am flush with chargers and ready for technological mobility once again. And there was much rejoicing.
Now phone chargers and other small miscellaneous items that get lost are one thing, and if not found they can usually be replaced. We may experience some minor heartburn and headaches, however we usually get past those in a very brief period of time. It becomes a little harder when we think about other things we have lost along the way like relationships, friendships, faith, hope and love.
If we only put as much time and effort into finding those lost relationships, mending friendship fences, and restoring hope and faith as we did in finding our cellphone chargers and other small and less meaningful items, I truly believe there would be even more rejoicing.
Now a teenager may argue that their cellphone charger is right up there with the five food groups, oxygen, and money on the scale of importance. I mean have you ever been on a long car ride with a teenager when their cell phone ran out of power? They go from happily texting to misery in about 10 seconds.
I was fortunate to have found some of my “little” things like my chargers as my home and office were reorganized. Now it has left me thinking about taking the time, putting in the extra effort to reach out to lost relationships and friends who I have been out of touch with for far too long. It has re-energized my belief system as I reorganize and recollect my passion for hope, encouragement, faith and love.
These relationships were not necessarily lost, I would say more misplaced for a period of time. And at the moment, knowing things can be lost, but that they can also be found, the strategy now has to become focused on keeping and maintaining them so they do not get lost again.
The keys are intention, focus, desire, communication and commitment. This means we are purposeful, these are priorities, we want the outcomes to improve, we open up and maintain lines of communication, and that our dedication to our effort to finding what was lost and keeping it is sincere.
Have you ever lost something? Have you found it? Is it now in safe keeping? I would love to hear all about it at and when we find and keep what once was lost it really will be a better than good week.