I was sitting on a beach one summer day, watching two children, a boy and a girl, playing in the sand.
They were hard at work building an elaborate sandcastle by the water's edge with gates and towers and moats and internal passages.
Just when they had nearly finished their project, a big wave came along and knocked it down, reducing it to a heap of wet sand.
I expected the children to burst into tears, devastated by what had happened to all their hard work. But they surprised me.
Instead, they ran up the shore away from the water, laughing and holding hands, and sat down to build another castle.
I realized that they had taught me an important lesson. All the things in our lives, all the complicated structures we spend so much time and energy creating, are built on sand.
Only our relationships to other people endure. Sooner or later, the wave will come along and knock down what we have worked so hard to build up.
When that happens, only the person who has somebody's hand to hold will be able to laugh.
When I offer my hand, I can see the smile on the other person's face and I can feel the warmness when we hold our hands for a little bit longer than just shaking hands.
When I hold my wife's hand or she holds my hand as we walk together especially during an excursion, we can feel a closer relationship between us full of love, happiness and laughters.
When I bought my first Long Play Record of The Beatles in the 60s, one of their songs that I liked most was "I Wanna Hold Your Hand". I still remember the beautiful parts of the lyrics the Beatles sang in this song: And when I touch you , I feel happy, inside. It´s such a feeling, That my love, I can't hide, I can't hide, I can't hide.
How true it is that we just can't hide our feeling deep inside our hearts when we touch the hand of our loved one. That's true love, how wonderful it is!