It’s in Our Hands

It was only after a colleague gave me a high-five that it struck me: this week’s post had to be about hands. We do so much with our hands and put them through so many rigors in a day that it’s easy to take them for granted. But when you’ve finished reading this I want you to look at your hands. I mean, really study them. Think about the food they’ve prepared or the children they’ve helped to raise or the lovers they have caressed. Think about the weeds they’ve pulled, the bulbs they’ve planted and all that wayward dirt you’ve scrubbed from them. Monuments, great paintings and sculptures, beautiful details and small embellishments have all been influenced by the touch of hands. Hands, like our faces, are also telltale signs of character. Their roughness or smoothness, their wrinkles and their manicured nails all say so much about who we are. Look at the hands below, which are so beautifully photographed, and then study your own as well as the hands of those you love. It’s your assignment for the day.



Andrew Ritchie is the creator of Martha Moments, a blog devoted Martha-Stewart related content and her community of supporters. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada, and has been a longtime friend of Brent & Josh, Beekman 1802 and Sharon Springs. Each week he’ll scour the world (wide web) to find the 5 most beautiful things to inspire you. Follow Andrew on Pinterest.

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Think about all the people who communicate entirely with their hands… not only deaf individuals but young children who have not yet acquired spoken language. I work with special needs preschool children… many use sign language for their first words until they are developmentally ready for speech. It is a most beautiful sight.

Toby Norma Lu Wilcox

Thanks Andrew…. One of the first things I notice about a person is their hands. I love hands… for precisely all the reasons you named. Hugs to you

Lee Finlay

Thank you for the beautiful hand photographs. I reposted this to all my massage clients. Everyone takes the individual beauty of hands for granted. I always look forward to your weekly 5.

Andrew Ritchie

If you look closely, Darlene, you will see a baby’s hand sandwiched between the much larger and much older hands of a man in image #5. I would never forget baby hands! Too precious!

Laura Kennedy

I appreciate these deeply! In addition to my profound respect for all that we create and care for and do with our hands, I’m a professional hand analyst: sort of a 21st-century palmist, *without* the fortunetelling aspect. Hands can tell us so much about ourselves. They are sacred to me.

Bev Nan Murphy

These are moving. My Nana was one of the first female chefs in the 40’s; her specialty was blue berry muffins with caps the size of tricycle wheels. The flour covered photos
snaps me back to standing on a high stool in her kitchen, those rough, worn,lovely hands
encircling my small ones as we patted the bread loaves. Her hands always carried the essence of cinnamon. THank you for a sweet look-back on a rainy morning.


I wish that I had long beautiful artistic hands but long days hand carving and creating my Rustics has left my hands looking like “Working Hands”…and everytime I see them I feel proud. Great post!