My traveling good luck charms

by Kim on May 16, 2012 · 29 comments

Have I ever mentioned that I have the good fortune of knowing some of the most kind and amazing people on the planet? It’s true. Wherever I roam, I somehow always sniff out great people and then (this is key) I keep them, dammit.  I think of this as my superpower, actually.

In the past month a few of these amazing people have bestowed their lucky charms upon me to protect Brian and I as we travel.  As a result, I’ll be carrying a menagerie of blessings around the world.

I thought it might be fun to give you a peek at them:

Lord Ganesha Good Luck Charm 

This medallion of the Hindu God Lord Ganesha was sent to me all the way from Chiang Mai, Thailand by my friend Sarah.  Ganesha represents the power of the supreme being that removes obstacles and insures success in human endeavors.  Ganesha has special significance to Sarah and I, and our friend Hannah,  as the three of us will be embarking on a great adventure through India in January (more details coming soon!) and Lord Ganesha has been selected as our mascot.

Traveling Buddha Good Luck Charm

This Buddha statue was given to me by one of the most important people in my life, my dear friend Wendy.  This little guy has quite the traveling history.  Wendy inherited him in South Africa from a fellow traveler and has since carried him all over the world, to every continent except Antarctica.  Buddha has always kept Wendy safe. Now, little Buddha will see the world with me, and hopefully keep me safe too.

Native American Pendant 

My boss gave this pendant to me in my final week of work.  She didn’t know the story behind it at the time but a few days later, while out to dinner, the girl taking my order told me that she had the same pendant. She explained that the pendant is a Native American symbol and traditionally given as gifts to guests in the Native American community.  I especially love the back:

St. Christopher Pendant 

This was given to me by an old friend, Tracy, who has done a bit of solo traveling and is currently plotting her next adventure. St. Christopher is known as the Patron Saint of travelers.  Pendants depicting the image of St. Christopher are worn or placed in a vehicle for protection on long journeys.

Colorful Cross

This beautiful necklace was given to me by Debi, a friend and former co-worker.  Debi is the kind of person who would give you the shirt off her back and, true to form, she was wearing this when she gave it to me.  It’s her favorite necklace, but she insisted that I take it and wear it for protection and as a reminder that her spirit is with me and wishing me well.  I love it and have decided it will be the necklace I wear when I walk the Camino de Santiago someday.

The Yellow Ribbon 

Remember this yellow ribbon?  It came tied around the best gift that I have ever received.  I am carrying it as a reminder to be good, kind and gracious to those that I meet and as a symbol of how I can use my life to make the world better.

Saint Joseph

Last but not least, I can’t forget St. Joseph who worked his magic and sold our house in one day for full price in a down market (yes he did!).  When we brought St. Joseph into our home I told him, before burying him in the yard, that once our house sold I would deliver him back to his home.  I know that might sound crazy, but I intend to do it.  I’ll be carrying him around the world and will leave him somewhere in this great wide world, when the time and place feels right.

What do you carry for good luck when you travel?

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