Examine all possibilities – Even if they appear unlikely

While looking through my wallet, I became aware that one of my credit cards was missing. My first thought was to call the bank and have the credit card cancelled in order to avoid the possibility of any fraudulent charges accumulating.  I was persuaded by my wife to sit down and think things out before proceeding further.

The last time that I recalled using the card was earlier in the week at a local bicycle shop where I purchased a helmet.  What really surprised me was realizing how much time had elapsed before I realized that I did not have the card in my possession!  Bank records showed that there were no unauthorized charges shown as having been made so I was relieved about that.

I spent the next several hours looking for the card.  I searched the car, clothes pockets, places where I was known to have left stuff in addition to going to my place of work to see if by chance I had left it there. Maybe I put it in a plastic bag that subsequently went out in the trash.  I was even informed by the manager of the bicycle shop that they did not have my card.  Needless to say I was mystified over this.  My wife suggested that since there was no evidence of the card being in bad hands, I wait a few days prior to calling the bank and cancelling my account.  This would involve having to update numerous other accounts that needed my card number for the purposes of automatic bill payments.  During the time that this was going on, I was surprised at how well I seemed to be internalizing this.

After arriving at the present day still without possession of the card, I came up with a strange idea.  Granted, the manager at the store said my card was not there but what if I asked the person who waited on me?  At this point I was thinking that I should leave “no stone unturned” while my search was in progress.  I must admit I was a bit concerned at the chance of offending someone at the store since I had already been informed that my card was not there.

I decided to move forward and place a call to the store.  I asked to speak with the person who waited on me when I made my purchase and she immediately informed me that they had the card!  Of course I was elated at the news and after having stopped at a Panera Bakery en route (I got the person a gift card as a thank you gestured), I got my card back.  This was after having been informed earlier that they did not have it.

So if you are ever faced with a situation where it seems like you have exercised all of your options, take some time to stop, think and see if there is anything else you can do; even if the chances appear unlikely.  You may be surprised at the result!

All the best!

 

 

 

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