First let me describe it... there are 7 oval links with words inscribed on each. And then, there is a completely different set of words on the opposite side, for a total of 14 words. They are as they appear from left to right in the picture:
Loyalty, Unity, Passion, Joy, Kindness, Humor, Hope, Courage, Love, Trust, Honor, Family, Truth, Giving ( I replaced the word charity with giving because it's more expansive and doesn't have a heavy charge for me, but on the bracelet it says Charity)
And I was so struck by this...because these indeed are all the things that are deeply important to me. These are all the things I want in my life and in my relationships. These are all the things I want to give to my life and my relationships, and to the world. And I do play at a Unity church, interestingly enough, and at Unity each and every week, all these constructs are always in play in various combinations.
I think in the infiniteness of a mother's wisdom, she knew I would grow into this bracelet, but she also knew these things were in me either presently or as a part of my potential. Each little link glistens with its own magic, and casts its own spell.
And as I play with these words, I see how they are interdependent.
Courage. It takes courage to be loyal, it takes courage to have unity, it takes courage to be kind, passionate, truthful etc.
Love. Love is present in all things humorous, hope, trust, honor, family, giving...
Kindness. What we must be to ourselves in order to give that to others. Drama and trauma cannot exist where kindness is.
UNITY. to be united in oneself creates all the others..
Loyalty. When one is loyal to oneself, all the rest is possible.
Truth. This what's true....there are no words here like worry, sad, fear--because they are not true.
I would add Spirit, however Spirit is contained in Love and Joy, and probably all the rest too.
Charity. well Giving is a lighter way to express this for me, and even better: Circulation.
And so on....and how deeply symbolic to me that my mother gave me these 14 things to wear around me wrist, the value of which had totally eluded me previously. They are no longer words to me, no longer impatient with the philosophical quality of it all. For these words are not finite, they go on and on in time space and dimension infinitely, they are pure ideals for which to be continuously inspired.
I am so thankful for my mother's wisdom as I learn to be more centered in myself. Everyday.