I think this happen all the time when we use preconceived notions or patterns to try and solve problems. I kept looking for the bag in one of the three places I assumed it would have been left. When it wasn't there, rather than expanding my search area to somewhere new, I simply started over, looking more thoroughly in the same spot: dining table, car, work area. Here's the funny thing-I didn't have to think far outside the norm to solve the problem. How many times is this the case? In trying to solve a problem we resort to re-visiting the same tired solutions when the real solution is found by simply stepping outside our usual parameters. Sometimes we don't have to travel far. Sometimes we simply turn our gaze in a different direction. What are you missing? Could the solution be right-under -your -nose the whole time?
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust