The other day I stopped at Costco for gas. I was in a hurry. I had a busy morning of errands to complete before meeting a client. As usual, there was a line of cars waiting for gas. I hate to wait.
At the pump, I was thinking about everything I had to get done as I automatically swiped my credit card, opened the tank, made my selection and filled up.
I pulled out of the gas station, parked in the store lot and walked into the warehouse for another errand.
At the checkout, I opened my wallet and AAACK! no credit card.
Let me remind you what I do for a living: I’m a professional organizer. I operate on the principle of “a place for everything and everything in its place.” It’s what I teach my clients and what I practice every day. As a result, I can find what I’m looking for right away.
When my credit card wasn’t in its own designated slot, the only conclusion I could draw was that I dropped it in a pocket, it slipped between the car seats, or I had lost it at the pumps.
The pockets came up empty. I searched the car – nothing. I went back to the gas station and looked on top of the pumps, asked the attendant and patrons if a credit card had been found, got down on my hands and knees and thoroughly searched the area. The card was gone.
Damn! I might as well finish my errands before heading home. At the grocery store checkout, I opened the snap pocket of my wallet where I keep all my store cards, and wouldn’t you know it? There was the missing credit card. I never looked there because that’s not where it belonged!
Moral of the story: Systems are fallible and nobody’s perfect