A few weeks ago I bought hair styling products at my local Whole Foods. I asked about their return policy, because so often I buy things that do not work for me at all and then I am stuck with it. The helpful staff assured me that they do take the products back, even if you have used it, with a receipt. Great! I chose products from the line of shampoo and conditioner that I have been using lately. My naturally wavy curl isn’t super frizzy, but isn’t so sleek either. It is hard for me to find a product that does just what I want, add some shine, smooth out the frizz, but still let my follicles be their bouncy selves, without weighing them down. I have finally embraced my curls and my natural color after years of straightening and coloring, now I just want a little help!
The products haven’t been doing much for me. Really, they didn’t do anything, except maybe dry it out. I decided today I would go return them, I mean I can use that money for groceries and they aren’t helping my unwieldy curls at all. Usually I keep receipts that I may need for returns or proof of purchase in my wallet. So, I assumed it would be tucked safely there, even though I had made the purchase a while ago. There was no sign of it, though! I checked the box of random bits that I keep on my desk, nope not there either. Oh, no! This means that it must be in the huge, overflowing, double-stuffed manila envelope that is in my closet. The envelope that I have stuffed every single receipt into since January 1st! Every Kombucha that I have purchased, every piece of home goods for my studio, every post office receipt for mail that I have sent! Every single one!
This envelope has been staring at me for a while. It wants to be organized! I just keep stuffing more receipts in! For the past 6 years, I have kept most of my receipts for tax purposes, and this year I have chosen to save every last one of them! Who knows what this year will hold? I may publish a book, or create something huge! Everything that I have done this year is a part of that, it is all my inspiration, it is all my homework. I will be able to write off every last bit of it!
So, I started to slowly pluck receipts from the top, looking for the one with the hair products on it. No luck! All right, I am into it. I might as well organize it. So, I dump the whole thing out on my bed and go to work unbunching them and compiling piles of similar purchases to be grouped into separate envelopes. I have done this for years, so I am used to this method, but this is different. I am not making a pile of tool receipts that includes headphones, screwdrivers, drills, and sautering metal. I am creating new types of piles. I make a pile for groceries, as it is research for a future cookbook. I am making it all up.
I go through the whole pile and do not find the one receipt that started this. I know that I have not thrown it away, but maybe I did? I check the front pocket to the grocery bag that I use most often and there it is! The only receipt in there. AHA! I do that a lot. I do things that I make up are very smart, the best possible place to put something to find or use later. Then, when I go to look for it, I have no clue where it could be. I am grateful that I have outsmarted myself once again, Now, not only do I have the receipt that I want in my hand, I have organized every other receipt in my possession and I am entering them all into Quicken now!
Maybe this was my unintentional intention for the day?
"What we are looking for is what is looking."
-St. Francis of Assissi