Ah, the power an object can possess.
Something you can hold in your hand.
Something that affects your imaginings and your sentimentalities.
Something that makes you happy just knowing it’s there.
I have many such objects. One of my favorites is a pocket watch my Mom and Dad gave me for my birthday last year. They gathered many small gifts inspired by the book I wrote and gave them to me as heart-felt tokens of the story I had told.
My book takes place in 1965 and 1906, and this nostalgic pocket watch personifies the flavor of my tale.
Ever since I received it, this timepiece has been my lucky writing watch. I take it with me to writer’s conferences, critique meetings, chapter meetings, and to write my book down by the pond. Whenever I go anywhere writing related, I take it with me—because it was given to me in honor of a book I wrote, by kind parents who wanted me to feel loved and capable.
It’s not just a thing. It’s a tangible reminder of something. Something vital and cherished. A token of my parent’s faith in me and my faith in myself.
Do you have something you carry with you for luck? When you write, draw, paint, face a hard task? Something that is silly, quirky, sentimental?
If you don’t already, find some small object you already own, something with some sort of meaning behind it, and make it a token for whatever you like. It’ll be fun, add a new dimension to life. Try it!