in american sign language there’s this sign that we use that connects us to another. it’s a very simple sign with the thumb and the baby finger extended out, and the three inner fingers folded down. whenever we find that we have something in common with each other – it can be the same shoes, the same feeling, the same way of thinking – we take that sign and wave it between the two people. along with the sign, we have a facial expression that incorporates a smile and bright eyes.
i adore this sign. it’s simple, it’s clear, it’s filled with love and it connects me to you.
when life gets complicated, confusing, and filled with conflict, i center myself and find the peace within. to do this, i often think about this sign. while our egos may differ and find ways to conflict and judge, our hearts are always the same.
our hearts only want to relate, understand and to deepen our bond to each other.
“we are all the leaves of one tree; we are all the waves of one sea; the time has come for all to live as one.” – buddhist song