I wear these bracelets every day. Not because they’re a fashion item (although I do like the way they look). I wear them as reminders.

The leather one is my oldest. It reminds me to stay natural, authentic, and grounded.

I bought the red one during a mission trip to Mexico. It reminds me to stay simple and serve others (and it’s the only one I never take off, FYI).

The blue beads lift my spirits and remind me to stay positive, even when things get a little dark.

The grey one was a gift from my wife, and it reminds me of more than I can possibly share in this short post.

I thought I would get used to them and they would eventually lose their symbolism, but that hasn’t happened. In fact, the longer I wear them the stronger each symbol becomes. Perhaps because every time I look at them I think about their meaning and it sinks a little deeper into my soul.

These bracelets cost maybe $30 total. But the reminders of who I am and who I want to be are priceless.

I shared this on social media recently and I was blown away by how many people responded saying they wear, carry, and tattoo meaningful symbols on themselves. Do you wear or carry any powerful symbols or reminders on a regular basis? I’d love to hear about them.

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  1. Karen Henry
    Karen Henry says:

    I keep a small photo that is laminated of my little niece that I cherish with me at all times. When things get crazy and people become focused on the ridiculous things (especially at work), I hold that photo in the palm of my hand and look at it to remind me of what’s really important.

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  2. Maggie
    Maggie says:

    Two years ago, I worked hard and lost 100 pounds after being heavy all my life. This past month (after maintaining the loss for a year), I got a tattoo on my inner arm to remind me of what I did and who I’ve become – and to never give in!

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    • Mark Henson
      Mark Henson says:

      Love the “permanent” reminder of something you want to make permanent in your life. Congrats! And thanks for sharing your inspiring story!

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  3. Cathi
    Cathi says:

    I have a collection of pins, necklaces, and bracelets that all have some type of dove in or on them. I wear one of them every day to remind myself that I am not alone on my journey, but guided by the Holy Spirit that dwells in me. (They also provide lots of conversation starters, opening up opportunities for many meaningful exchanges with people.)

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  4. John
    John says:

    The symbol for imperfection tattooed inside my right bicep, which reminds me to lighten up, not take myself so seriously, and to embrace mistakes and failures for the valuable lessons they deliver.

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  5. Marth
    Marth says:

    Even though my kids are grown (28 and 25–how did that happen?!?) I still wear a bracelet every day that has their names on it. Even though they aren’t with me physically every day, the bracelet is a reminder of them and the joy they bring to our lives.

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    • Mark Henson
      Mark Henson says:

      I totally get that. Mine are late teens and starting to think about leaving the nest. I’ve often wondered what, if anything, I would ever get tattoo’d on my body. My kids’ names are always on that list. Not sure I’ll ever actually do it, but…

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  6. Tessa
    Tessa says:

    I wear 2 silver bracelets every day. One says “Soul Sisters” and the other says “Brave”. I have a group of 4 friends that also wear the same bracelets every day. We started wearing them when one of our group lost her husband to cancer at only 42 years old. While we do not live near one another, we are always together – soul sisters – and sometimes we all need a reminder to be brave, which is to move forward in spite of fear or challenges.

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  7. Amy
    Amy says:

    I have a gold heart on a chain with my deceased son’s thumbprint on it. When I feel sad or frustrated I rub it to remind me of the blessings I have including having him in my life for almost 20 years. It also reminds me to bring joy to as many people as I can on a daily basis just like he did.

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    • Mark Henson
      Mark Henson says:

      What a beautiful reminder and tribute. So sorry for your loss, but glad you’ve made it into such a positive thing for yourself and others. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing that.

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  8. Mike
    Mike says:

    I have a tattoo that represents my wife and reminds me that no matter how dark the world may seem, someone will guide you to the light. I also carry a keychain from my son, who passed away in March, to remind me to accept others on who they are (like he did), and not be judgmental.

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  9. Karen
    Karen says:

    For more than 10 years I’ve worn Pandora bracelets daily, each charm is a loving reminder of my husband, son and close friends who gifted them to me, reminders of times we’ve shared and beautiful trips taken together. Because of your encouraging note, I’ll be more intentional about admiring each one and it’s significance. Thanks, Mark!

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    • Mark Henson
      Mark Henson says:

      Pandora is a great way to create a reminder bracelet. My wife has one and has special charms from each kid and a few from me as well.

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  10. Vicki
    Vicki says:

    I have a tattoo on the inside of my wrist in my mom’s handwriting. She passed away 5 years ago. It says, “I love you lots, mom.” Seeing her handwriting gives me comfort and keeps her close to me. I can hear her voice saying those words to me every time I see it.

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    • Mark Henson
      Mark Henson says:

      Ooooh, I’ve never heard of doing a tattoo in someone’s handwriting. What a great idea and such a personal reminder and tribute. It would be so great to have something like that and to hear a mom’s ecnouraging, loving voice every time you look at it.

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  11. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    My friend gave me a bracelet with “amore, amicizia, e risa” written on it (love, friendship and laughter) and I wear it to remind me of the important things in life!

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