The bracelets themselves are from a company called Alex and Ani. Popular in the U.S., the company mission embraces values such as mindfulness, positive energy, sustainability and corporate consciousness. They pride themselves on supporting local business and manufacturing in the United States. Every piece of their jewelry is accompanied by an explanation of its meaning and phrases of empowerment. It is a great business model to support.
My first bracelet was a birthday gift. My darling friend Bonnie’s daughter bought it for me. Bonnie’s birthday is just a few weeks after mine, and Julia (age 15) bought the best friend bracelets for us. (Bonnie is the friend who managed my cancer care from start to finish, you might remember) I treasure the meaning of the charm, the sentiment behind gift, and most of all, the friendship it represents.
My second bracelet I bought myself in November, just a few weeks after Dr. Siegel pronounced me cured of lymphoma. It says “Live a Happy Life” on it. The card it came with says that the bracelet embodies the spirit of courage, appreciation and choice. The full content says, “Choose kindness, love, and joy. Live life to the absolute fullest and open your mind up to spontaneous ideas. Live fearlessly, be optimistic, and become blissfully aware of life’s gifts. Adorn yourself with the Live A Happy Life Charm to acknowledge the blessings in your existence and to be an inspiration to all.”
I don’t know about inspiration, but I do know that I strive to live every day acknowledging my blessings, for they are myriad. The jingle that I wear reminds me all the time that I am loved and even in times of challenge, I am strong and lucky.
So please, next time you see me, ask me about my bracelets; I’m proud to show them to you.