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Today, I’d like to share with you something interesting that happened to me a couple of weeks ago…

Are you sitting comfortably?  Then I’ll begin…

Once upon a time in a far away land, there lived a beautiful princess… no, I’m only joking, but yes, this is a story!

There’s no far away land, just a train station, and no beautiful princess, but you do have me!

So, once upon a time… I was at the train station in Brussels buying a ticket from an automatic ticket vending machine.  Well, after much pushing of buttons and a certain amount of frustration on my part (I must admit!), the machine finally produced the ticket I wanted to buy, and we were both very happy!

Anyway, I thought nothing more of this brief encounter until two days later when I opened my wallet to use my credit card – and it wasn’t there.  OK, so once that fearful feeling in the pit of my stomach had subsided and I had searched in even the most unlikely places, I went through the “tracing my steps” process…

When was the last time I had used it?  My mind flashed back to the train station and the wrestling match with the ticket machine!  I must have somehow mislaid my card then, that was definitely the last time I used it…  So, I went through the usual process of blocking the card and applying for a new one, and again, I thought nothing more of it…

Three days later, I received a letter from my local police station inviting me to collect an item of mine which had been handed in to their Lost Property office.  How nice, I thought, someone has found and handed in my lost credit card!  So, off I trot to the Lost Property office…

As I was explaining to the clerk the story of my lost credit card and how it had been handed in, he smiled and asked me for my ID so he could find my file.  Of course, I said.  I opened my purse and… it wasn’t there!  That was when the clerk, still smiling, leaned across the desk and handed me my ID card!

I laughed out loud.  Here I was thinking one thing, only to be shown the truth of the matter which was something completely different!  How amazing is that!

As I was walking home, (with all my possessions safely within my possession, I might add) I reflected on the learning from this experience.  How we readily make assumptions.  How these assumptions may be based on firm fact.  In fact, everything seems to back these assumptions up, all the evidence seems to point to their validity.  But, things are not always what they seem…

For me, the message was “keep your mind open”.  What appears to be A might in fact be Z.

Our thoughts and assumptions might just be illusions we create to fit our perception of the facts… interesting, isn’t it?

I smiled all the way home!

Categories: Helen's story.

2 Responses to Things are not always what they seem…

  • Larry Varieur
    December 10, 2010

    “Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century.” — Perelman

    • admin
      December 21, 2010

      Nice! Let’s hope so!!!

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