When was the last time you held someone’s hand? Or they held yours? Do you remember?
I was struck by a comment that Marsial left on my blog almost a month ago, asking me to hold her hand. I replied that I was happy to do so, not knowing at the time that there was a great story as to why she made that particular request. Recently, she explained all about it here, on her blog.
The great thing about hand holding is that you can be the holder AND the holdee, both at the same time:) You can hold a hand for comfort or security or intimacy or assistance or warmth or companionship or… Whatever the reason, the people on both ends can benefit, even if the intention was for one to help the other. That’s the beauty of hand holding. And that is the beauty, for me, of the blog world. I have many times in the past months had someone reach out a hand to me when I had been struggling, and I have tried to do the same for others.
I am amazed at the power of virtual hand holding and the power of the blog community. Being part of this community has brought me wisdom, warm fuzzies and chuckles, support, motivation, a kick in the pants when I warranted one, an encouraging word when it was most needed, and friendship. I have been inspired and found myself thinking about things in a new way. I have been comforted to know that I am not alone in what I am feeling or experiencing. I have had my heart touched many times. I have had my eyes opened. I have found optimism. I have truly felt connections for which I am grateful every day. And I have held hands.
And just when I think that life is good enough, someone does something that touches me in a way I never expected. As Marsial did for me last week. First she shared the beautiful story about how hand holding once got her through a rough patch. As I read it I could not stop thinking about how she had reached out to me and I had reached back and we were both stronger for it. And then she gave me a simple gift, but so personal and thoughtful; there have been very few times in my life when I have truly been as touched by something that someone did for me.
So I want to thank Marsial for her thoughtfulness, which came in the form of a very special blog award. And I want to encourage you to read her post about the power of hand holding and to reach out your hand to someone else today. Anyone who might need it or benefit from it. Feel the warmth flow back to you:) And know that I am here for you if ever I can offer mine.
The only requirement for the “Helping me through the turbulence award” is that I pass it on to at least one other blogger who has helped me through some turbulence, and explain how. The person who immediately comes to mind is Sharon, with whom I have exchanged some very long and thought-provoking emails in the past weeks. She was gently honest with me and gave me a much needed nudge to ask myself some hard questions and explore why I was struggling with my writing and what that reflected in my life. I appreciate her candor and caring. While I only know her online, I consider her a friend and hope that one day our fit and skinny selves can meet up in the real world:)