I was sitting during a meeting and my mind wandered. I was thinking about hands and what could be done with hands. We can use a closed hand to fist bump someone, or we can use a closed hand to punch someone. We can use an open hand to caress someone or slap them. We have so much power in our hands and sometimes we forget.
In emergency services, our hands are part of the tools that we make take for granted. How else would you swing an axe, or a set of spreaders, or an attack hoseline? How would you lift a patient onto a stretcher?
We can lift a patient onto a stretcher. We can lift someone’s spirits by placing a hand on someone else’s when we talk with them. We can place a hand on a shoulder to console someone.
We can use our hands to feed the less fortunate. Clergy may lay hands on someone as we pray with them or bless them.
Skilled hands can play beautiful music, or a painting, or a sculpture, or repair my vehicle. We use our hands to eat with.
We can embrace our loved one. We can show how much we miss them, or there are others who hit their spouse.
We hold our children as we hug them to show our love to them. We may hold our parents or an elderly person to express our love, for possibly the last time.
The medical field use their hands to assess and treat patients. Hands are used to heal.
Hands help us feel comfort, as we pet our dog, or cat.
People use hands to communicate with the deaf by using sign language. We can tell someone to come or to go. We can teach a child to count.
We can hand someone in need a meal, a bottle of water, a blanket or hand a child a toy.
We take for granted so many things. We can use things for bad or to express love, to show how much we care.
Almost everything that we encounter in our life can be used for good or bad. It is our decision on how we will use things. With our mouths, we can bless or curse. We can uplift or put someone down. We can bully or encourage.
Use your hands for good. I know that you do good being an emergency responder, but there is so much that can be done the other times, when we may not realize how much of an impact we make. Go find someone that may need some love, give them a hug. It doesn’t cost you anything, but to the other person it may be priceless. Use your hands to change someone’s life.
Part of the Irish blessing states, “and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.” Wow, God holding us in His hand and caring for us.
Keep up the great work and may God bless you and watch over your comings and goings.