The Power of a Simple Touch

  1. THE POWER OF A TOUCH

    "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,
    just as in fact you are doing" (1 Thessalonians 5:11,
    NIV).

    The word encourage simply means to put courage into
    another--something we all need to receive regularly.

    Years ago--I was little more than a kid--one of the men in
    our church squeezed my arm affectionately and spoke a kind
    word as I passed by him.

    I've never forgotten that tiny touch which to me was a big
    encouragement. Some years later I recall how in my
    beginning days of ministry after speaking to a youth group
    one of the members in attendance said to me, "Thank you for
    being God's messenger to me today." I've never forgotten
    her words and those of many others along the way either.
    (Sadly, though, a cutting word can have the opposite
    long-term effect.)

    Encouragement. So easy to give, costs nothing, and worth
    its weight in gold.

    As Leo Buscaglia said,"The majority of us lead quiet,
    unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will
    most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments
    created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible
    impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone
    just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our
    compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a
    happier life merely because we took the time to share what
    we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a
    touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest
    compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which
    have a potential to turn a life around. It's overwhelming
    to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make
    our love felt."
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   leslie :-D
    so, so true fran. never underestimate the power of touch. sometimes it's the most therapeutic intervention we can apply.
  4. by   Louisepug
    Fran, I definately agree! I actually felt the power that my touch and care held today. I was in clinical giving total care to a 100 yr. old aphasic woman on a gastric tube who I was told by the staff has been that way for many years and ONCE in a blue moon will smile but never says a word. Well, I don't know exactly what I did to stimulate her today, but she actually tried to talk!! Sound came out of her mouth like she was trying to tell me something, and she was laughing and smiling! My instructer who works at the clinical site had to call some other staff members over, she was in such shock. I don't know if I should take the credit, but I do have a feeling it was maybe because I stroked her hand and head, and took the time to talk to her just like she was a normal, healthy person and complementing her beautiful blue eyes.
    Anyway, I totally know what you mean about touch. You can just see the patient's comfort and peace in their eyes when you give a back massage, wash their hair, or simply stroke their cheek. Louisepug :angel2:
  5. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from Louisepug
    Fran, I definately agree! I actually felt the power that my touch and care held today. I was in clinical giving total care to a 100 yr. old aphasic woman on a gastric tube who I was told by the staff has been that way for many years and ONCE in a blue moon will smile but never says a word. Well, I don't know exactly what I did to stimulate her today, but she actually tried to talk!! Sound came out of her mouth like she was trying to tell me something, and she was laughing and smiling! My instructer who works at the clinical site had to call some other staff members over, she was in such shock. I don't know if I should take the credit, but I do have a feeling it was maybe because I stroked her hand and head, and took the time to talk to her just like she was a normal, healthy person and complementing her beautiful blue eyes.
    Anyway, I totally know what you mean about touch. You can just see the patient's comfort and peace in their eyes when you give a back massage, wash their hair, or simply stroke their cheek. Louisepug :angel2:
    The credit definitely belongs to you girl. What a wonderful way to have added to the quality of that little old lady's life today. She will never forget you, and keep on doing what you're doing sweetie, because that my friend is real nursing. God bless you. :kiss

    Fran
  6. by   mattsmom81
    So very true...we have the power to encourage or discourage one another in our day to day lives. We have the power to provide a warm greeting and helpful presence, or a sour look and ugly retort...to our coworkers as well as our patients. Thanks for the reminder Fran...and hope you are feeling better today.
  7. by   Havin' A Party!
    I'm down with anything Leo has suggested.

    What a personality he was!
  8. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from mattsmom81
    So very true...we have the power to encourage or discourage one another in our day to day lives. We have the power to provide a warm greeting and helpful presence, or a sour look and ugly retort...to our coworkers as well as our patients. Thanks for the reminder Fran...and hope you are feeling better today.
    Thanks, MM. I am feeling better today.
  9. by   runner11
    I loved this posting! I am about to graduate this spring and with all the hustle and bustle around me it was nice to be reminded how simple yet how empowering a touch or a look can be for a patient. How refreshing
  10. by   dekatn
    Thank you Fran, soooo true!!

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