Shakespeare wrote sonnets with symbolism. Jesus told stories through parables. We assign meaning to objects and then use those objects to discuss abstract concepts. Symbols make it easier for us to discuss our hopes and dreams. They are shorthand for our most expansive thoughts. They can be widely accessible, easy-to-trace symbols, like a tree to symbolize a family. Or, they can be more personal symbols like a window from your church or the stone in your engagement ring. My family crests collect these symbols into artworks that tell your story.