Sunday, November 20, 2011

Grateful: Day One

 “I can’t wait for this year to end” is a common phrase I have heard often during 2011. Much of my family, friends, and coworkers were affected by the loss of someone close to them, the loss of love and trust, and the loss of jobs.  So many lives were affected by illnesses; CANCER seeming to be the theme of the year. My family lost my dear father-in-law this past June after a courageous battle with cancer. So I do agree with most; this year has been a tough one filled with a ton of sadness.
However, through all the sadness, I personally was able to find truly beautiful moments. For that I am grateful.  This week I am dedicating a daily post to these wondrous observations.
Today I am thankful for hands.

My Mom had open heart surgery in September which went very well. When the surgeon came out to tell the family she was recovering, I thanked him and shook his hand. I realized that my Mom’s heart had literally been in his hands.  At the moment, the feel of the doctor’s hand in mine created a rush of light and clarity. One of those moments where it appears as if the sky has opened and light engulfs you.  I was overcome with such a sense of amazement as to how precious hands are.
 Later that night, I looked at my own hands. I never gave them much credit. They have always looked old (thanks to my Dad’s side) and tend to crack and bleed in cold weather. I would berate them! One would think that I, as an artist, would realize their importance.  I had been taking my hands for granted! That night, I promised I would never do that again. I would allow myself to appreciate what my hands give to me. Now I recognize that my hands allow me to experience things as I never have before. I constantly touch things to see how they curve and move around my fingers and palms. My creative side has been empowered by this realization, and art has become more sacred to me. My hands are amazing and for that I am grateful.  

Photos by: Heidi Blanchard


Judy Johnson of BCD ---- said...

Kathi: I am sorry it has been such a rough year for you. I wish you the best for 2012.

I agree with you. I consider hands to be very precious. God has worked so many miracles through my hands that every time I look at them I think of him.

~Judy =^..^=

The Queen of the Universe said...

Kathi, this really touched my heart. I wish you only the best now and always. Give your hands a hug, they do so much. Joyce

Barbara Marie said...

Your hands are a precious gift from God, Kathi. I'm glad you are learning to treasure them. I only wish that realization had come through less difficult circumstances.

Kathi said...

Thanks to all of you for your kind words. Very, very sweet! ♥