Silent Language of Hands

Litang, Tibet

Our hands often reveal what we really think but do not say.
They can show a range of feelings and emotions
from confusion and frustration
to joy, understanding, love, and compassion. 

Kabul, Afghanistan

Behold the hands
how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate,
refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command,
mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of
variation which makes the tongue envious.
– Michel de Montaigne

Bamiyan,  Afghanistan
Havana, Cuba

The hands which beckon,
embrace, soothe, and comfort us
Bid us farewell.
– Kaye Earle

 Sao Paulo, Brazil

Karelia, Russia
New York City, USA

Hands calm us, feed us, and scratch our backs.
They intimidate, bless, encourage, and stop us.  They soothe and caress.
They draw our attention to the good and the bad,
often suggesting exuberance or fear.
– Charles Flowers introduction to Elliott Erwitt’s Handbook

Mopti, Mali
Lakeland, Florida

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we 
have received and
let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
– Mother Teresa

Faizabad, Afghanistan

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us,
we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions,or cures,
have chosen rather to share our pain
and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
– Henri Nouwen

Afghan Border

Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as
beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.
– Rumi ( 1207 – 1273)

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Hands have saved lives and taken them just as easily.
They create the saviors of life as well as the purveyors of death.
Creating and destroying with a single move
a finger can move mountains or search the unknown heavens.
Hands live to caress and love.
Hands live to fight and die.
Forever living hands, forever exploring hands.
– Bruce Alan Humphrey

Goa, India

By Steve McCurry

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35 replies on “Silent Language of Hands”

This is the epitome of deep human expression expressed with powerful simplicity. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with ME!

Thank You, special for your reflection “silent lenguage of hands”

Pada tanggal Kam, 12 Des 2019 pukul 02.54 Steve McCurry’s Blog menulis:

> Steve McCurry posted: ” Our hands often reveal what we really think but do > not say. They can show a range of feelings and emotions from confusion and > frustration to joy, understanding, love, and compassion. Behold the hands > how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace” >

Beautiful, powerful, touching images and quotes. Thank you Stevebhai

”The hand expresses what the heart already knows.”

Can this be more meaningful this holiday season? Any day, any time…. The power of hands supersedes philosophy and religion, socioeconomic status and personal projection. As here noted, they speak truth far more deeply and readily than most all else other than, perhaps, our eyes. Perhaps they work in concert, as do heart and soul.
Thank you, Steve.

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