The four-armed, elephant-headed god of the Hindu pantheon is the remover of obstacles and the bearer of good fortune.

The wooden sculpture pictured accompanied Laura and me on our first trip to India 12 1/2 years ago when we went to meet and retrieve our newly adopted daughter, Ruchi.

In the interim, he has lived on my desk and various other esteemed locations in our home. In a little over a week, he will make the journey back to the sub-continent as we fly halfway around the world to revisit Ruchi’s homeland. A comforting little statue, to accompany us on yet another journey of transformation.

Do you have artifacts of special moments you keep close at hand? How might they point toward your heart’s destination in the week ahead?

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
– Steve Jobs

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