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Do you have a talisman? 

A charm? A keepsake or a souvenir that you cherish? 
Something that warms your heart when you see it?

I do. It’s a watch, given to me by my Guru. 
It reinforces a belief that there is a Higher Power watching over me.

 I turn to it when I am depressed, lonely and in despair.
When I face a mountain that seems insurmountable, the talisman comes to my rescue.

When I am filled with gratitude, the talisman serves as a reminder that we must give thanks for the little things in life and never take them for granted.

The minute I am tasked with the impossible task of ‘letting go‘, the watch is there to help me get through it. 

Some may wonder how an inanimate object can help you through a crisis. It has no emotion, cannot coax you to feel better or convince you that there is a silver lining.

It can do those things, if you have the faith that it can. 

Just the way a child has faith that her teddy bear is alive and needs her at night.

Just the way that an idol assumes importance because of the deity that it represents.

Just the way that a wedding band or a mangalsutra symbolises the bond that is marriage.

Do you know what I love about Faith? It’s free, always available and isn’t bound by space.

Today, in the words of my Guru, I will leave you with what the watch stands  for. 

We must always watch our:

W– Words
A-Actions
  T-Thoughts
  C-Character 
&
 H-Heart


Word count: 264

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Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge

F is for Faith

My theme for the month is : Introspection in shades of 11

And if you want an excellent blog recommendation for today, 
head over to Vidya Sury’s post on Family

Also linking this to the Ultimate Blog Challenge for April

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Nabanita · April 6, 2014 at 7:19 pm

I had a Goddess Saraswati photograph…It would always be with me and I remember giving it to my husband, he was my boyfriend then, when college got over…But he lost it! arghh!!

Random Thoughts Naba

Sushree Dash · April 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Such an amazing interpretation of WATCH …very insightful post and ya faith is never confided in boundaries ….we can have as much as we wish 🙂

Shesha Chaturvedi · April 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Gurus for us are source of light, inner strength, enlightenment. I don't owe any such talisman. But since childhood have been taught to count my blessings. 🙂 Your meaning of watch is really beautiful and worth following!

Carol Graham · April 6, 2014 at 9:56 pm

I don't have any tangible object, like a charm. I have a very strong faith and that is what I draw on. I like your definition – it is free and not bound

Swathi Shenoy · April 7, 2014 at 1:31 am

I have a small idol of ganesha which always helps me and guides me through the difficulties 🙂 thats the first thing i turn to wen am happy or sad!

(I did try to include my blog link in comment but my cell wouldnt allow it 🙁 it shows error! Plz pardon me for this!)

Tara Tyler R · April 7, 2014 at 2:12 am

i like the idea of a talisman. i don't have one myself, but it's a great addition to a character's stigma. you've inspired me! and i love your WATCH defined!
happy F day!

Aparna · April 7, 2014 at 3:18 am

Lovely look at Faith Shailaja :). I am a firm believer that faith matters too!

Tom MacInnes · April 7, 2014 at 3:23 am

Beautiful exploration of Faith. Loved the creativity of including the acrostic and then, loved the wisdom of the words included within it. Great job, Shailaja. 🙂

Rajlakshmi · April 7, 2014 at 4:41 am

I dnt have a talisman but the faith that every thing happens for good keeps me going 🙂

Pheno Menon · April 7, 2014 at 5:10 am

A talisman is a powerful thing because the human mind makes it so

PhenoMenon
http://throodalookingglass.com/2014/04/fact-or-fiction/

Aditi · April 7, 2014 at 5:17 am

Loved your interpretation of faith and the way you compared it to a child's Teddy! 🙂

Sreeja Praveen · April 7, 2014 at 5:35 am

My talisman is the photo of Thiruvambady Krishnan that I have in my purse 🙂 A reminder of everything for me 🙂
Love the idea of faith. The WATCH is the best definition 🙂 Let's watch our WATCH !!

Sreeja Praveen

Prasanna Rao · April 7, 2014 at 6:01 am

At my workstation, in my first job, I had a Shirdi Sai baba photo and I never started my work without bowing down first. I think faith and trust are very important in life. Without faith there's no hope.

Vidya Sury · April 7, 2014 at 6:02 am

Faith is a wonderful thing. It strengthens, motivates and takes us forward with confidence. I have a number of talismans, made powerful by the people I associate with them.

Lovely post!

Dr. Gauri Kekre · April 7, 2014 at 6:22 am

I dont have a talisman Shailaja. But there is something i do have. i lost my brother five years ago. We were very close, best friends, despite the five year age difference. We would discuss everything about our lives with each other. After he died, I was in a deep shock. But over the years, my memory of him, that lives in my mind, has turned out to be my strength in tough situations. I turn to him, when i feel i need some advice, and i am never let down 🙂

Beloo Mehra · April 7, 2014 at 6:43 am

Quite a lovely post, Shailja. Thanks for sharing about your Watch. Faith certainly does work wonders! I think faith is also something that is progressively built upon…one experience at a time.

Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal

Jayanta Tewari · April 7, 2014 at 7:56 am

Having faith helps. I have experienced it…Thanks for the nice post..

Eli Z · April 7, 2014 at 7:57 am

F for faith indeed — What a beautiful post Shailaja…:-) I have a strong voice of faith also, and when I manage to listen to it I feel nothing is impossible.. Also have an amulett from my grandmother which I feel gives me strength…

Srilakshmi Indrasenan · April 7, 2014 at 8:30 am

Okay, I have this lovely soft toy which is half the size of my palm and which shouts keech keech and I carry it everywhere I go… One day some friends meddled with my bag and they stole it.. 🙁 My heart gets heavier whenever I think of it 🙁 🙁

~S(t)ri
Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
Smile, it makes (y)our day!

Shilpa Garg · April 7, 2014 at 8:38 am

That was a wonderful thought to absorb this afternoon, Shailaja. I dont have any inanimate object as my talisman but I strongly believe that faith matters a lot! Loved the acronym for WATCH! ♥

Psych Babbler · April 7, 2014 at 9:25 am

I don't think I have any tangible object as a talisman but it sounds like a nice thing to have. I love what the WATCH means for you…

Sunila Vig · April 7, 2014 at 9:50 am

Beautiful post on faith, your Guru and the Watch 😀

Grammy · April 7, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Dear friend,
A lovely post about faith. I, too, have a very strong faith, but it is in my Lord, Jesus Christ, son of the Almighty. I don't have a talisman, however. Faith comes in many packages, does it not? Thank you for reminding all of us of the importance of faith. Ruby
Blabbin' Grammy http://rubyndub.blogspot.com/

taleoftwotomatoes · April 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Beautiful Shailaja… I've been there- no, still there!! I have a teddy with me, even after the wedding 😛 I've my small Krishna Idol wherever I go, to give me faith and make me believe..And I have my wedding ring and magalsutra to make me feel loved! Amazing!!! 🙂

Michelle Liew · April 7, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Truly, the simplest faith is the most beautiful.

Danny Simon · April 7, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Faith is your conviction and I strongly agree that sometimes is the only thing that can get you going!

Richa Singh · April 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Faith is a huge thing. And to attach it to an object, somehow I may not have experienced it. Yes I do believe that whatever happens I have HIM around. A sense of belief exists every moment..

Richa

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Ouch, that's sad to know. Hope you got another one 🙂

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Thank you Sushree 🙂

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Thanks Shesha. It is my Guru's words 🙂

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Glad you could stop by, Carol. Knowing what you've been through, it is gratifying that you have faith to see you through it all.

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 5:56 pm

That is lovely to know, Swathi. Ganesha is my favourite too!

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Thanks for stopping by, Tara. Are you doing the A-Z too?

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Indeed Aparna. Faith has helped me through a lot.

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Tom, you are too generous with the compliments 🙂 Not that I am complaining 🙂

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

And, that's enough, isn't it? Faith alone can help us surmount obstacles.

tulika singh · April 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

What I love best about your posts is the simplicity with which you talk about such complex things. Loved the idea behind your watch. Faith does make things possible.

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Just as it can make or break anything else. Indeed, Pheno 🙂

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 5:59 pm

SO glad you caught that reference, Aditi 🙂

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Such a pleasure to hear about everybody's special talismans. Thank you for sharing, Sreeja 🙂

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Another Shirdi Baba devotee! Very happy to connect, Prasanna 🙂

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Thanks for the love, Vidya. I agree that what we equate with the talisman strengthens its power.

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Gauri, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know the bond siblings share and I can only imagine the pain you must still feel. But I applaud the way you turn that pain into a strength that you draw upon in times of need. That is true Faith. I salute you.

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Beloo, those are lovely words. Faith as a progression of experiences. Must keep that in mind. Thank you!

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Thanks Jayanta.

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Ah, the amulet. What power these things have, right, Eli? Glad you liked it 🙂

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Oh that's so sad, Stri 🙁 Hope you get something even better to hold on to 🙂

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Shilpa, thanks for those kind words 🙂 Yes, faith, in anything, matters a good deal!

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Thank you PB 🙂

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Thanks Sunila. So glad we found our other connection today 🙂

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Grammy, thank you for stopping by. I loved your blog!

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Teddy and Krishna? I must introduce you to my daughter 😀

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Thanks Michelle!

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Always the one thing that makes us happy, Danny 🙂

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:17 pm

And that is enough, Richa. Faith in the intangible works just as well 🙂

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:17 pm

That is the best way for me to end my day, Tulika. With those words of yours 🙂 Thank you so, so much!

Kathy Combs · April 7, 2014 at 6:36 pm

I don't really have anything in particular. My faith is within and goes with me everywhere. ♥

Sneha Manchanda · April 7, 2014 at 6:41 pm

I have a big Swami's photo I my bedroom, I chat with Him very often.
Sneha

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:44 pm

And that's as it should be, Kathy 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

Shailaja V · April 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm

That's wonderful to know, Sneha 🙂

Sirisha · April 7, 2014 at 10:43 pm

My talisman is the birth stone ring my parents gave me when I was 16. That is my faith. My parents are my gurus 🙂

Sheethal Susan Jacob · April 8, 2014 at 6:49 am

A simple watch had so much meaning. Profound post!

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