A good friend of mine is going through something pretty rough. When I was told about the sad news, all I could do was give my friend a huge hug. I didn't have ANY words, there was absolutely nothing that I could say to make my friend's world better. But that hug...that hug was a symbol.
The more I thought about hugs, I realized just how powerful they can be. Two arms wrapped around another person can say so much. They can say, "I love you," or "I miss you." Hugs can show compassion and empathy. They can show sympathy and kindness. They can demonstrate forgiveness or remorse. Hugs can be a happy greeting or a sad farewell. They're how one shows pride or lends support. Hugs are tasteless, wordless, and soundless- but they can exhibit passion, affection, and desire.
I really hope my friend understood ALL that I wanted to say when I gave that hug. My arms said, "I love you, I support you, I can't make it better- but I'd give anything to take your pain away...."
Next time you give a hug, just ask yourself...."what am I trying to say with my two little arms....???"