Is love, sweet love.
It’s the only thing
That there’s just too little of.
What the world needs now
Is love, sweet love-
No, not just for some
But for everyone.
-Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Photographer Richard Rinaldi captured the beautiful power of the human touch in his six project Touching Strangers.
This. Blew. My. Mind.
Life changing…just life changing. There is much to learn from this. It was most interesting to see how the heart seemed to follow the action.
Love these comments from the video…
“It was sort of awkward but then sort of not.”
“We are probably missing so much about the people all around us.”
“Humanity as it could be, as most of us wish it would be.”
I also loved how connected the people seemed as they were standing around together talking after the pictures. So beautiful. What a wonderful illustration of the power of touch.
We do so little of this. When my mom lived alone, I was aware of this in her life, the lack of human touch. I am not sure how or why. Perhaps, I followed my brother’s lead. He was always touching her. I also noticed that no one else really did. My brother and I would massage her, and I would sit with her and hold hands with her. She loved it. Touch those you love. You never know how little human touch they may have in their lives.
I remember once I stayed overnight because she wasn’t feeling well earlier that day. I assumed I would be sleeping in one room and her in the other, which part of me was kind of hoping is how it would go down. Remember, the touching thing and sleeping together is not all that familiar to me, and even though a part of me loves the thought of that wonderful family and friendship intimacy, it’s not familiar. But I slept in the same bed with her because she really was not going to have it any other way. I have to say that was one of my favorite memories with her. We giggled. We laughed. We cuddled. I am a night owl, and she goes to bed early, but she would always wake up through out the night. I was still awake when she did, and that was when the magic happened. It was like when I was little, and she and I would stay up in bed watching television and talking and laughing. Oh, what a memory. Emotional and physical barriers came down just from the intimacy of the proximity. Try it, and let it begin in your home.
Love and the human touch…never underestimate the power. -Simply Topaz
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