A recently heard a story about a frog. As one would imagine, if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will jump out. If you can heat the water, very slowly, the frog will not jump out and instead will perish. The time which it takes to heat the water slowly enough, I suppose is the question. And happens to be the point of the story. Change, when presented very slowly, is acceptable to most people, even when it is change for the worse.
Some people keep a reminder of the frog story as their talisman of sorts. A little plastic frog in your pocket could remind you of a bunch of things, not the least of which is “get out while you can.” It could also remind you that change happens slowly for the good. So be patient.
A talisman is an object thought to contain magical properties which provide either luck, (sunny side of the street) or protection from evil or harm. Of course we know that the luck or protection is entirely the belief of the person who bears the talisman, but like the frog story, it is a reminder.
Used as a touchstone, these reminders are very powerful. Almost like a mantra, they can whisper from your pocket, some of your secrets which are important to remember. When life gets difficult, it is always a good practice to stop and weigh your next actions. Take a breath, touch a talisman, repeat a mantra and then take action in a positive way.