Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: Treasure

What is this?  A hunk of junk or a glittering pile of treasure?

What is this? A hunk of junk or a glittering pile of treasure?

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.  ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo 

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is “Treasure”.   The challenge directs us to “capture something you treasure.”  It might be something that wouldn’t seem like treasure to anyone but you.  The first thing that came to mind is something of my grandmother’s that may not have great monetary value, but is worth more to me than diamonds or gold.  It is a charm bracelet that I was fortunate to be able to have gotten after she died.  She collected charms throughout the years from places she had been and things that were meaningful to her.  As a child, one of the things I loved to do at Grandma’s house was to get her charm bracelet out and gently run the little charms through my fingers.  I know she had a story for every charm, although I’m hard pressed to remember them now.

I deliberately blurred the first photo because to the casual observer, this bracelet might look like just a piece of costume jewelry, not standing out from any other piece.    Upon taking a closer look, the detailed charms can be seen.  

By focusing on the details, all the charms can be seen.

By focusing on the details, all the charms can be seen.

The little hen that opens to show baby chicks underneath, the little puppy, the Golden Gate Bridge, the tiny telephone, and a tiny mailbox are all there.  Most importantly, there is the little charm containing the mustard seed, which had very special meaning to my grandma.  That was in reference to her favorite quote from the Bible, 

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. –  Matthew 17:20

My grandma was a very special person and I loved her so much and miss her.  Her birthday would be coming up this week and although I’m not sure that birthdays are celebrated in Heaven, I know that when I wear her bracelet on her birthday she will know that she is still loved and missed by me and so many others.

Hugs to you in Heaven, Grandma!

Hugs to you in Heaven, Grandma!

This bracelet is a treasure because of the memories of my grandma that are attached to it.   It is also a reminder to me that I should cherish the special people in my life while I have them here.

Thanks for reading about my treasure!  Make sure to click the link to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge above to see all the other clever and creative entries!

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About Beth W.

I try to look for the positive in the people and situations I come in contact with! I believe in the power of positive thinking and I believe that even challenging circumstances can be learning experiences if we have a positive mindset! I'm having fun blogging at: http://picturingpositive.com
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24 Responses to Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: Treasure

  1. Tina Schell says:

    The thing I love about your post is that it means someone who remains treasures the memories of someone who is no longer with us here. We can only hope we touch someone and are as well-loved as obviously your grandmother was.

    • Beth says:

      Thank you, Tina! I think it’s similar to your post about time being a treasure. We can never get back time with a loved one when they’re gone, so we do need to make the most of the time we have with them today. Also, I think it’s the small things that we do for people that are often the ones that will be remembered once we’re gone. So, I totally agree with you about making the most of today and doing those things we’ve been thinking that we’d like to “someday” 🙂

  2. Thats really the essence of life! In this world, we often run behind the luxuries forgetting our near and dear ones in the pursuit! Very well thought…

    • Beth says:

      Thank you, Chirag! It definitely seems to be the trend today to keep wanting more and more “stuff”, but in the end, as you said, those near and dear to us are worth so much more than any glittering treasure.

  3. Cindi says:

    A beautiful tribute. You do have a treasure, both in the bracelet and in your memories.

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  7. jaklumen says:

    “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:20, KJV) I think you’ve done just that, Beth, with your Grandma’s charm bracelet.

    If your experience is anything like mine, and my wife Cimmorene’s, I am sure that your grandmother is honored by your love, and still looks over you every day. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Thanks for such a beautiful post. I wish you a positive, productive day, too.

    • Beth says:

      Thank you so much for the incredibly kind words. I love that quote from Matthew as well! I believe it is true that the best things in life aren’t things, and most of the material possessions dear to us are so because of the memories not the dollar value. Blessings to you and your wife, Cimmorene. What a lovely name. Thank you for visiting 🙂

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  9. An absolutely fantastic post. I have a similar treasure from my grandfather. It was a cross that he went to great lengths to protect while fighting in WWII. Having these kinds of things are so important to family history.

    • Beth says:

      Thank you, Shane! The wonderful thing about the treasures like my grandmother’s bracelet and your grandfather’s cross is that whenever we see the items it brings back memories of times spent with the ones we’ve loved and lost. You are so right about them being important to family history. These treasures are great reminders to pass on the stories associated with the items and the people they belonged to. Thanks for visiting and for the very nice comment!! 🙂

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  11. Mabel Kwong says:

    Very creative of you to blur the photo in the first place. When I saw it, I thought it was something valuable 🙂 Looking at the second picture, the bracelet looks very well preserved and in very good condition. I’m sure your grandma would be very flattered and proud that you’ve kept it with you all these years.

    • Beth says:

      Thank you, Mabel! When I started to take the picture of it, it was a bit blurred in the viewer and then I got the idea that it would look much more sparkly and more like a pile of treasure if I blurred it. Thanks so much for visiting and for the nice comment! 🙂

  12. lumar1298 says:

    So many memories… So lovely…

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  14. Lee-Anne says:

    I think this is the most gorgeous charm bracelet I have ever seen – so intricate – a treasure indeed. 🙂

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