Some live all their lives without discovering this truth; that the noblest and most terrible power we possess is the power we have, each of us, over the chance-met, the stranger, the passer-by outside your life and your kin. – Dorothy Dunnett Aimless for my first semester in college, I still lacked clarity even after two years of mission service. One day I happened upon a description of a major I had never heard of. I went straight to the related department and conversed with the chair. After several minutes, during which I felt a happiness akin to conversion, I rose to leave. As he ushered me out the door, he put his hand on my shoulder, and welcomed me onto a new path. The firm touch was like a seal on the implicit agreement. The conversation had been pivotal, but the human touch added something beautiful and made the encounter a personal rather than intellectual transition. I felt embraced by a mentor as well as persuaded by an appealing future.
I so appreciate your acknowledgment of the importance that a simple touch can so profoundly add to moments of support and connection.
Our Puritanical culture often encourages less physical affection and a withholding of that connection. A reminder of its importance is crucial to creating unity and communion. Thank you.
Such beautiful gestures of love. Thanks for sharing Terryl ❤️