Fists and Elbows ?

With all the recent focus on germs and viruses, handshakes may be a thing of the past.

This pleases me, since I have small hands, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had my hand squashed by someone demonstrating a ‘firm handshake’.

Frightening, however, are the forms of greetings that are evolving. Fist bumps look alarmingly aggressive. I’m sure I would flinch if someone pointed a clenched fist at me!

Equally silly is touching elbows, and possibly dangerous too. People’s bones become more fragile as they age, and poking someone with one’s elbow may be unwise.

I appreciate a greeting that I learned from Harpreet, a colleague of my husband, who is from India. He came to our house and we enjoyed delightful Indian tea, with warm milk.

He also taught us his traditional greeting. With head slightly bowed, and hands folded in prayer position, the words ‘Sat Sri Akal’ are spoken, which translate as :’God is great’. It is similar to other cultures where a bow is a respectful form of greeting.

Hopefully in the future, strangers, upon meeting, will feel no need to touch each other. Bowing respectfully to each other might be good.

Imagine too, how nice it would be if we greeted each other by saying: ‘God is great’ .

Pixabay photo.


39 thoughts on “Fists and Elbows ?

  1. Hmm, as long as our guests understand that we are talking about one true God and not just “god.” πŸ˜‰
    Maybe, “Jesus is Lord?” I do like the Japanese habit of bowing over fist or elbow bumps!

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    1. I had an intuition that you, c.a. , with your keen spiritual insight, might notice this.
      For sure, we need to be talking about one true God, and yes, my thoughts were the same as yours…I thought about ‘Jesus is Lord’ too. Thanks ! πŸ€—

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  2. Reading this reminds me of a really old Salvation Army greeting where individuals greeted each other by pointing Heavenwards and proclaiming something like “He is risen!” or “To God be the Glory!” The sociological differences/changes in greetings is very interesting indeed. God bless you sister.

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  3. Hand shaking, as a greeting, is probably on the way out. It is sad. I remember the time when my family made oral contracts with a shaking of the hands. Of course, something else might take its place. Bible (OT) time they took off a shoe, didn’t they? But both those actions were symbolic of man’s word being trustworthy. I like hugs and hand shaking. I’m a touchy kind of person who keeps grandkids on my knees until they are ten or twelve years old. I think it is terrible that some schools prohibit teachers from touching children.

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    1. Hi Oneta !
      Yes, I agree- I remember my father telling me how business deals were often sealed on a handshake…those were the days of integrity, with people being trustworthy, as you say.
      As you rightly say, our society has changed so much that touch can be misinterpreted. This has changed the teacher/child relationship, for sure.
      Bless you for being so loving with your grandkids.
      I appreciate your comment. πŸ€—πŸŒΌπŸŒ·

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  4. I like the bowing. I’ve watched many foreign films from countries where bowing is common. There is something symbolic about it that I find appealing.

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    1. If I know someone, I enjoy hugs, but with strangers, I think bowing would be awesome.
      I’m a guitarist, and protective of my hands being too tightly squeezed.
      Thanks for your comment. πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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  5. Hi Sally, I wholeheartedly agree. As a “smaller” person, I am so glad I am no longer having my hand crushed with handshakes. I like the idea of using folded hands in prayer with a nice greeting. I will add this to my list.

    I have been waving at people more to avoid touching them. Also, to add a little humor, I have added the Star Trek “live long and prosper” hand signal to my hand gestures when I think it’s someone who will know what it is just to give them a little giggle.

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    1. Hi Rachel – yes, the Star Trek gesture would add some humour πŸ€—. Definitely I’m glad that handshaking is in decline.
      I mainly wear gloves too now that it’s cooler.
      Hope that your kitties are doing well. πŸ€—

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  6. It would be wonderful if we greeted each other with the words: “God is great.” It would be a constant reminder that God is among us, that he is the one we should honour and respect, and a powerful that his love and power and always available to us. Thanks for the post, Sally.

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