Now You See it… Now, You Don’t!

Mitch Schneider
September 23, 2019

I am a kinesthetic learner and a visual person.

What exactly does that mean? It means that I have to see it and touch it: I need to take it apart and put is back together again, for me to understand how and why it works. It also means that I have to see something in order for it to exist.

If it’s out of my line of sight it really is out of mind!

And, that has been a problem for virtually my entire life. It has cost me hours. Perhaps, even days (More like weeks) in search of whatever it is that — as Lesley would without hesitation suggest — “wasn’t put back where it was supposed to go.” Only, that isn’t one hundred percent accurate.

I’ve tried to put things back where they are supposed to go. But when whatever it is that’s missing has not yet been assigned a “supposed to go” place, that’s virtually impossible!

I’ve spent countless hours searching for a lost wallet that just appeared – quite literally, tucked safely inside a baseball cap that was neatly hung where it was supposed to go! I have multiple sets of keys for just about everything I own that has a lock associated with it, because keys have always appeared and disappeared randomly in my life. And, just a little over an hour ago, I found the hat and mask I spent a good chunk of the morning searching for.

It was easier for me to find things as an inpatient at the City of Hope. There aren’t a lot of places to lose stuff in that environment. It was easier at Home2Suites while we were living in Azusa for the same reason. But here at home, there are infinitely more places for things to hide.

I’ve reconciled myself to the fact that I am doomed. Doomed to search for stuff — important stuff — for the rest of my life. But you don’t have to (Unless, of course, you share my curse!).

I had to develop processes and systems to help me account for all my important stuff. I highly recommend that you do the same.

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