The sun has always been an important symbol in my life. On bad days, I often remind my kids that “the sun will come out” and tomorrow will be brighter. It's become something of a running joke for our whole family as - eternal optimist that I am - I find myself drawing sun images on lunchbags and even creating artsy sunshine bentos for guests. I'm a California girl through-and-through, and I believe that some warm rays can improve a person's outlook in a hurry!
It makes me happy to know that my kids have a strong visual image that reminds them of me and helps them keep their chin up. I think this is something that's true for a lot of families. Lighthouses remind me of my aunt, who collects miniature figures of them as a reminder of hope. My mom finds meaning in the symbolism of lion figures, feeling empowered by their show of strength. A dear friend of mine even collects cow ornaments, as she finds them to be a steady and calm presence.
Is there a symbol or icon that reminds your family to look on the bright side?