Suddenly I caught myself. I realized that this is exactly how I often begin when I can't find the keys to a knot in a manuscript or a sketch dummy on which I'm working. But I've learned that the obsessive approach is not a productive approach. If I can calm down, open my heart, relax my mind, the key to the creative problem will usually appear of its own accord...on its own timetable, of course.
Can I apply this same principle to finding my house and car keys? Free up my mind, meditate, in the hope that the location of that elusive key ring will float to the surface? Well, I can try...though so far, I have to admit, it hasn't worked.