You can’t wrap love in a box, but you can wrap a person in a hug. ~Author Unknown
I come from a family of huggers.
Maybe it’s just a Southern thing.
Maybe we’re just affectionate people.
Maybe we realize life is too short not to let others know we care.
Whatever the reason, we will hug you whether we know you or not.
We will invite you into our space.
If you pull away, we’ll let go. We’re respectful if we think you feel your space has been invaded…still, we let you know the invitation is open to be a part of our lives.
My mother’s side of the family offered those strong-yet-soft, full-bodied enveloping hugs while my father’s side loosely wrapped their arms around you and you felt their restraint of not wanting an emotional commitment to the physical act.
I craved acceptance and delighted in the demonstration of it provided by my mother’s sisters. Their mother died when they were quite young; still through the nurturance and guidance of their father and grandmother they grew up knowing the warmth of love provided through the close bonds of enclosed arms. They understood they could not only hold love in their hearts but they could contain it within a circle. Together they held hands and stretched their arms to include all they met. That is the power of love nestled within a hug.
I’ve always known no matter what transpired throughout the day, there would be arms to hold to me, comfort me, and love me when the day was done.
A hug can say a thousand words without ever speaking a single one.
What flows from one body to another in a single hug can restore a heart or create a lifelong memory.
I can tell a lot about a person from a hug. I immediately know how to approach and respond from there on. Reading a hug is not an art, but a gift, an opportunity to know another person in a way conversation does not reveal.
Most people know instantly if a hug is genuine. A reserved hug is worse than no hug at all.
It’s true you risk the possibility of rejection when you open your arms to embrace another. Caring does make us vulnerable, but think of how empty our lives would be if we didn’t take that chance.
Are you willing to lay your heart on the line to show someone else you care? Are you comfortable letting time continue to pass by without showing your concern?
Are you willing to extend your arms to include someone not in you immediate circle? You might be the only hug they receive today.
Your touch might be one that makes a difference.
A hug is a handshake from the heart. ~Author Unknown