A missing purse predicament – and a helpful healing

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

Have you ever lost something while flying on an airplane? When that happened to me recently, I discovered that with a spiritual focus, solutions to a seemingly unsolvable situation become not only possible, but inevitable.

While preparing for a trip to see my family a few months ago, I decided to pack my purse inside my checked suitcase to reduce the number of carry-on items I would have. I took out only my driver’s license and bank card.

But upon arriving at my hotel after flying all day, I discovered that the purse was missing from inside my suitcase! I found myself anxiously taking a mental inventory of everything that was in the purse, including my wallet with various ID cards and credit cards, my check book, and a satchel of jewelry. As I thought of each item, there was an accompanying sense of loss and an analysis of its value, plus all the concerns about canceling credit cards and bank accounts. I felt helpless as I wondered what might have happened: Maybe the purse had been taken by an airline employee or another passenger. Or perhaps my bag had come open, and the purse had fallen out at some point. I had changed flights, so the possibilities were endless.

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