Friends are aware that I collect ornamental elephants and they bring them back for me all the time. The smaller the better, and preferably from natural materials - jade, metal, wood. I have about 20 of them sitting on my bookshelves, but this is my first Ganesha. I was hoping for a blue Ganesha - stemming from the mystical god that escorted me through a sound healing session a few years ago.
According the Wikipedia, Ganesha "Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rites and ceremonies. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions. Several texts relate mythological anecdotes associated with his birth and exploits and explain his distinct iconography.
I like that he is a remover of obstacles. You do need obstacles in your life, but assistance in removing these obstacles is great.
He's going to stay on my keyboard for the time being. I like him there. He's helped me get an extension on my contract at my current job for a few more weeks (paperwork pending). He might help me get the last of this Bali holiday booked and ready to go. Ganesha is a very useful god.
You never know what Ganesha might do - but I he certainly can't hurt - just like burning my green candles and saying thank you and remembering to be grateful for everything.
Ganesha is a reminder that there are great things out there. All you have to do is believe and have faith.