misplaced glassesAnyone that wears glasses, has at some time, or many times, misplaced them.  Those that wear reading glasses only, may misplace them more than those that wear glasses all the time.  This probably occurs most often when we’re tired or distracted.

When you’re tired, you don’t want to fall asleep with them on and risk damaging them, so you take them off and put them down.  You’re sleepy so you don’t really pay attention to what you’re doing when you set them down.

The same thing happens when you’re distracted from a task that requires you to wear your glasses.  You may not need them to attend to the distraction, so again, you take them off and put them down. You’re not paying attention to what you’re doing when you set them down.

The next time you need to use your glasses, that’s when the search begins.  You try to remember the last time you had them and where you were when you used them.  Since you were tired or distracted, and not thinking clearly, it becomes quite a challenge to search your memory now.

This happened to my brother recently.  He was reading in bed and started to fall asleep, so he took off his glasses and set them on his bedside table.  The next morning as he was getting ready to leave for work, he couldn’t find his glasses.  That’s when the search began.

He said he looked everywhere in the house and couldn’t find them.  He thought he looked in all the rooms he remembers being in last evening. He admits that he’s not organized at all, so this dance is nothing new.  Luckily, he had an old pair that are scratched up a bit, but better than no glasses, so he grabbed them and ran out the door late to work…again!

Working all day with a pair of glasses that are not only scratched up, but also not a current prescription, can be challenging to say the least.  He also began his work day stressed out; not only thinking he may have to pay for a new pair, but also because he was late to work.

When he got home, he returned to the search.  Thoughts of leaving them somewhere outside the home began to manifest.  But no, he knows he had them when he was reading in bed, so they have to be somewhere in the house.

The last place he had them was in bed, so he started moving the clutter around on the bedside table. That’s where he found them, right where he put them when he went to sleep.  Something was placed on top of them and he didn’t see them.

My brother’s stressful episode could have been avoided. When you assign a home to all of your belongings, and you put them back where they belong when you’re done using them, you can always find them.

Oh yea, being in the moment helps as well.  When you’re distracted, or tired, pay attention to where you place your glasses. Say it out loud if that helps you remember.  That little trick works for me as a signal to my brain to pay attention to what I’m doing.

Where do your glasses live when you’re not wearing them?