It’s a good question.
Because, when it was back in my hands two hours after being lost, several people remarked “that’s LUCKY”. I know others who’ve lost phones when out skiing, never to find them again.
I ski mostly in the trees and powder, so with a phone flying out of my pocket sometime in the span of three runs before I discovered it missing, it was a long shot that it would ever turn up. In the past I would have had mental pictures of it buried in a snowbank all winter until spring rains came to water everything down… at which point it would be too late.
You might think: use the “find my phone” function. I tried that. I went to my car where my iPad was, and turned on the locator. However, the phone was nowhere to be found. It’s no wonder. Cell coverage on the hill is spotty, and the temps outside were 8 degrees Fahrenheit, and lithium batteries don’t run for long in those conditions.
Someone suggested that I check guest services but if the phone had been there, in a warm environment with good cell coverage, that it would have shown up on “find my phone.”
Initially after seeing it not show up in “find my phone,” I had a brief moment of panic. That’s a $900 phone I’d only had for two months.
BUT: I realized this. We get what we think about. If I panic, that sends out the signal that I’ve lost it. If I’ve admitted I lost it, then the chances of recovering it once I hold that belief are almost nil. If I were to have an intuition about where to find it, that would not be available to me in “panic” mode.
SO: I focused on holding the phone in my hands. I focused on it being in my pocket. I rode the lift back up with my eyes closed, tuning into the future where I was appreciating the phone being back in my experience. “Nothing is ever lost in the Divine mind” – that quote from Florence Scovel Schinn kept playing over and over as I took my time following a path of intuition down the mountain.
I got about 2/3 of the way down, searching the last spot where I thought it could have landed. It wasn’t there.
This was a key moment. Would I give up in despair, or “keep the faith?”
I kept the faith. I closed my eyes and asked for an intuition about where to go next. A clear message came through: go to guest services.
I went into guest services, keeping a picture in my mind of the woman having the phone and handing it to me.
I stopped in and inquired with her, and she perked up when I said “has anyone turned in a phone?”
She asked me for a description, and after I gave her the details, she pulled a phone out from under the counter – and there it was! It had just been turned in shortly before by a lift attendant, who had gotten it from a skier who found it on the mountain.
I don’t know where it was found, but what I do know is that the odds of it being found – given where I’d been skiing – were low. The odds of it being turned in only ~10 minutes before I was intuitively guided to check there are even lower (especially given the evidence I’d had that it WASN’T at guest services – and I didn’t have the iPad with me on the ski hill to use the locator). That this $900 phone had traversed at least three pairs of hands without anyone holding onto it was also amazing.
This is what keeping the faith does.
The skeptics might say “it was just luck.”
Ok. You can stick with your skeptical way of being, and get the results that being a skeptic gets you. It’s your life. I used to live my life that way, and good stuff like this never happened to me.
Yet in this past year alone, by keeping a clear vision mostly free of bogus beliefs and keeping the faith of my vision – this is far from the only “coincidence” that has occurred for me.
(Coincidences that have included finding the perfect house AND a perfect cabin for my family, both by a set of “bizarre” circumstances that couldn’t have been planned, having some amazing things line up in my business that I never could have predicted, etc….)
IF you can get your limiting beliefs and mental habits out of your way, and IF you are willing to drop your self-limiting skepticism, then amazing stuff can happen.
IF you need help with getting rid of those self-limits, contact me. I will help you get this sorted out to start your 2015 off right.