This I Believe

Juterh - Dalton, Georgia
Entered on December 7, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30

I believe that our hands have a way of expressing more about who we are than what we can say. In the singer Jewel’s song “Hands,” a verse says “…but there not yours they are my own.” When I first heard the song I was like what does that mean? After thinking and meeting many people along the way, I have come to the revelation that our hands do indeed have a way of telling people who we are, what we’ve been through, and what we’re feeling. Since the creation of man, humans were created with two hands. Each hand has five fingers, the thumb, index, middle, ring, and little (pinky finger.)

These components reveal a lot about who we are. Our hands reveal our sex. Men’s hands are anatomically larger with larger knuckles and wider wrists. Women’s hands, however, are built smaller with small, delicate fingers. Whether or not one believes in palm readings or not, the lines on ones palms reportedly can reveal how long one’s life may be or reveal one’s personality or secret. Aside from looking at a person’s face or talking with someone, a quick glimpse at a person’s hands can reveal a lot about who they are or maybe who they might become.

Not only do our hands have a way of revealing who we are but what we’ve been through. Whether it is a result of war, birth defect, or a terrible accident, a person’s hands can reveal personal information that some want kept secret. Many unfortunate situations happen that are beyond a person’s control. For instance, a person who has served in the armed forces may have had their hand amputated due to war. Birth defects such as congenital limb deficiency are caused by ill formation of limbs during pregnancy. Other situations or genetics can cause a person to have over or under ten fingers. Whether it is by birth or through accident our hands reveal or history good and bad.

Most importantly, our hands reveal our feelings. Hand gestures express the most of how a person feels. Our hands have positive gestures such as a wave or the “peace” sign. However, the raising of the middle finger expresses distaste of someone or their actions. In most cases, a ring placed on the ring finger represents engagement, marriage, or some form of commitment. Sign language is the most significant use of hand gestures. Deaf people worldwide use sign-language to communicate with one another and loved ones. They also use their fingers to read Braille. So whether we are saying hello, disapprove of someone’s actions or as a means of communication, hand gestures are very important.

Every part in the human body serves one purpose or another, some more than others. Our hands play a vital role in communication. Whether it is just communicating who we are, what we’ve been through or to express our feelings, our hands shouldn’t be taken for granted. Remember, your hands are your own and no one else’s.