The word authentic comes from the Greek authentes. It means “bearing the mark of the hands.” This original meaning tells us that to be authentic mean being hands-on. It’s through our hands and through the life of touch and honest engagement that we learn and grow.
Sometimes, with no warning, we suffer
an earthquake and have to remake the
earth beneath us. Someone we love may
leave or die or think us cruel when we are
kind. Sometimes the tools we need break
or are stolen or simply stop working and
we have to invent some more. Sometimes
it feels like we can’t get through. That the
phone won’t get reception. And the com-
puter gets all jammed And sometimes what
gets through is partial and misunderstood.
It is then we are forced to go barefoot and
re-find our hands. Sometimes we are asked
to drift away from the crowd in order
to be found by what we love.
A Question to Walk With: Tell the story of one thing you learned by using your hands.