1. the end part of a person's arm beyond the wrist, including the palm, fingers, and thumb.
2. an active role in influencing something.
3. (in sports) skill and dexterity.
4. a person's workmanship, especially in artistic work.
1. pick (something) up and give to (someone).
2. make (abusive, untrue, or otherwise objectionable) remarks to (someone).
3. make (something) easily obtainable for (someone).
4. hold the hand of (someone) in order to help them move in the specified direction.
There are so many definitions to the word “hand” that I have decided to choose only a few.
Right now, I want you stop for a minute from reading and take a look at your hands right now. Then, read the definitions again. Look at us! We have the power to create, to make, to inspire, all with words. Our hands can just be a physical part of our bodies, but it can be much more.
Out of all the definitions, my favorite is the last one: hold the hand of (someone) in order to help them movie in the specified direction. As a little kid I would always mess with my hands, but I never partook to take notice of them until I volunteered to help with the kindergarteners. The little kids would always be saying, “Can I hold your hand?”
“Um,” I’d say. Little kids are sweet, but sometimes, it would take me a while for me to process what they said. Besides, I wasn’t exactly the type who liked holding hands often. “Sure?”
They’d take my hand and pull me. Hands had a lot to do with the projects they embarked on; they would make lots of hand-based animals, like the turkey (fact: I had never done that art project ever in my life). I love the relation with younger kids and their hands; they are so tiny, petite, and fragile, and yet they hold the power to create and inspire.
Simultaneously, within all this good, we have the power to destroy. We can take apart what others have created and break it. We are all capable of doing the good and the bad. But in the end, after all of this destruction and dismalness—we hold the ability to lend a handing hand and recreate it, stronger.
i n s p i re.
What will you do?