What You’re Looking For is Right There in Front of You


Have you ever misplaced something in your house and found it was right there in front of you all the time?

How annoying is that?

This morning I opened the door to get the morning paper and immediately realized I didn’t have on my glasses.  While I won’t look across the room and mistake you for a creature from outer space, I do need glasses to read. But, I’m constantly misplacing them. This morning was one of those times.

If you’ve ever played the game hide and seek, you can identify with my frustration when I can’t locate my glasses. Hide and seek is a fun game children play. In the game, one person is designated as it; and is charged with finding the hiders. First, someone is picked to be it, then he/she turns around and counts to 20-30 with their eyes closed while everyone else hides. When it says ready or not, here I come – the hunt for the hiders begins.

So I start my familiar hide and seek game with me being the it looking for the hiders (my glasses).

Are they hiding in the bedroom?

Maybe they are under a blanket? Are they hiding in the corner of my desk?

Where could they be?

I go from room to room until I return to my original spot downstairs, thinking I may have overlooked the obvious hiding place. Still no luck. Finally, when I’m about ready to give up, I spot my glasses right there on the kitchen counter next to where I made coffee. This scenario happens often. And today, it reminds me of how often we’re looking for things that are right in front of us – things like our success, motivation, time and energy.

Take a moment now to see if any of these things are right there in front of you:

  • The awesomeness of a magnificent sunset
  • The beauty in a picturesque sunrise
  • A favorite painting that invigorates you
  • Fond memories that revive feelings of joy
  • An overwhelming feeling of gratitude for abundance
  • The soothing aroma of fresh perked coffee
  • The smell of freshly cut grass

So when you’re frustrated searching for something you’ve misplaced, remember what you’re looking for may already be right there in front of you!

Until next time…

Gladys Anderson - Life Coach, Therapist, Author

Certified Life Coach, Family Therapist and Group Coaching Specialist, Gladys M. Anderson helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other care-giving women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care.


  1. Sometimes I look around the gift that is standing directly in front of me.

    It’s tunnel vision we can’t always see our gifts that’s why coaching is so desirable.

    A coach will help you see what you can’t see.

    • Gladys Anderson says:

      Linda, you are so right…often we have tunnel vision and don’t look around us to see the amazing gifts already in our possession. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Gladys,

    Thanks for this reminder to look right around us to find what we desire.

    I, too, have had the same experience you describe–lost glasses, missing keys. Rathe than freak out, as I once would do, these days I take a deep breath and say to myself “What I seek is seeking me.” Then I proceed to go on with other activities.

    Every time I end up finding them in a very obvious place, right where I left them. It is then that I’m glad that I’ve learned not to let my blood pressure shoot up because of these occasions.

    Regarding the intangible things we want, the fastest way to bring them into our lives is to view our surroundings with awe and wonder. The more we can hold on to good feelings and gratitude, the more we bring their equivalent into our lives.

    • Gladys Anderson says:

      Flora, I may have to use “what I seek is seeking me”. That’s another great way to let go and refocus. Thanks for sharing it.

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