• Claudia Lee-Ottman

A Helping Hand


Not long ago a hand reached out and touched my heart.


While strolling along the beach with my family, we saw a hand in the sand. The driftwood sculpture, towering above my six foot two inch husband and son, had no explanation.


I began thinking about the countless ways hands can enrich our lives and the lives of others. My husband took my hand in his and my thoughts drifted to the gift of human touch. From cradling babies to passionate embraces, soothing away tears or offering a high-five for victories; our hands can offer a treasured sense. With warm hugs for family and friends, to communicating affection with a pet, or at difficult times like losing a loved one, hands can offer a connection when words are not possible or might diminish the experience.


The use of our hands is a gift. Even anonymously, there are so many possibilities to make a difference by using our hands in a helpful positive way to reach out and touch the heart and life of another.


"The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another." Jack Kornfield