What about handwriting?
According to a 2013 research from the National Pen Company in the U.S. our handwriting can reveal inklings about 5000 poles-apart personality mannerisms. This is based on the way we sign our names, space our letters and even connect letter ‘o’ and ‘s’ to other letters in a word. It can also be used to detect probable health problems such as hypertension, schizophrenia as well as how much oomph we have.
When broken down, the findings show us that if your handwriting is small, then you are reserved, intellectual and meticulous. If your handwriting is average in size, then you are well-adjusted and adaptable. If your handwriting is big then you are outgoing, people-oriented, outspoken and attention-seeker. This can also mean you put up a facade and pretend to be very confident.
People who have large gaps between words like enjoying their freedom and do not entertain being crowded or overwhelmed. People who leave small gaps between words have a tendency to be intrusive and cannot stay alone.
This process of analyzing handwriting is a pseudoscience. There are some companies which rely on it in recruitment. In other occasions it has been used in court to buttress evidence.
If you write letter ‘l’ with a narrow loop then you may be a person who restricts himself/herself and this can lead to feelings of tension. Those who do it with wide loop tend to be relaxed, spontaneous, and can express themselves easily.
When you write letter ‘e’ with narrow loop then you are likely to be skeptical of others, and can easily be swayed by their emotions. On the other hand a wide letter ‘e’ loop mean you are open minded, and enjoy trying out new things.
When it comes to writing letter ‘i’ the higher you place the dot the more imaginative and creative you are. If you place the dot to the left of the letter then chances are that you are a procrastinator. When you place it right over the letter, then you are a detail-oriented person, organized, and vigorous in what you say and do. People who do their dot by rounding it as a circle tend to be child-like but visionary.
Long crosses on letter ‘t’ suggest that you are determined and enthusiastic at the same time stubborn and have hard time letting things go. Short crosses are for lazy guys who lack determination.
People whose handwriting slant to the left are inclined to be introverted. And when your handwriting slant to the right then possibly you are extroverted. What about those whose handwriting slant neither to the right or left? According to the research findings, such people are logical and practical.
As this is not enough, the researchers went ahead to tell us that people who write rounded letters are creative and artistic. Those who write pointed letters are more aggressive, intense, very intelligent, and curious. If you write connected letters then you are logical, systematic, and make decisions carefully.
People who write while pressing their pen very hard so as to create a thick handwriting have a disposition to keeping commitments, taking things seriously, being uptight and reacting to criticism quickly.
If you write without applying a lot of pressure on your pen then you are sensitive and compassionate but you lack liveliness.
Then there are those guys who write so fast that you can hardly catch up with them. According to the research such people are impatient, dislike delays and time-wasters. Slow writers are organized, orderly and self-reliant.
If your signature is not legible then you are a very private person and hard to understand. If it is legible, then you are confident, comfortable, and you do not pretend to be something you aren’t.
My terrible handwriting
One of the things the kindergarten teachers struggle to teach the little ones is handwriting. I remember how I struggled in Nursery school to pick up a ‘good’ handwriting. It wasn’t easy and up to now writing with a pen is one of the tedious assignments that someone can give me. Hats off for the person who discovered computers!
Have you ever gone to a bank to conduct a transaction then you are told the signature you have provided does not correspond to the one in their database? Do not worry, you are not alone! I remember recently when I was required to write three signatures and interestingly they could not match. I had a hectic time with the bank attendant.
There is a common English phrase, ‘the writing on the wall’ that mean sign or signs of danger or disaster. The phrase has its etymology in the Bible, Book of Daniel. Daniel 5 gives us the whole context of the occurrence, but the exact account is found in verse 5 of the Chapter.
God’s handwriting on the wall
King Belshazzar throws a party for thousands of his nobles accompanied by great wining and dining. The merriment go on until the king orders that vessels that were taken from Jerusalem temple be brought forth for use. That is the time when hell breaks loose. They use the vessels to drink as they worship their idols.
Every action generates a reaction and this utter sacrilege results in a handwriting on the wall.
Whatever is written on the wall cannot be read. None of the guys at the bash can understand it.
“You cannot understand what you cannot read. You cannot read that which you aren’t familiar with. You cannot be familiar with that which you are not related to. You cannot be related to that which you are not in fellowship with.”
These guys were fellowshipping with other gods and there is no way they could decrypt God’s handwriting.
The writings made the king worried. In fact the Bible says that his knees knocked together. We always fear what we cannot read and understand. The unknown causes jittery.
To get out of this conundrum, the King had to seek help. He started by looking for help from what he was familiar with – the astrologers, enchanters, diviners and all wizards of the first order in his kingdom. He was looking for help in wrong places.
“Sometimes the help we look for will not come from familiar places. It might just come from across the valley.”
All king’s wise men, put together, could not crack the mystery. Then the queen (Bible scholars tell us that it was Belshazzar’s mother and not his wife), came with a wise idea.
“Solutions to mysteries in our lives start with an idea, an advice, an information, a recommendation.”
She advised that Daniel be called. Daniel had an out-of-this-world gift of interpreting dreams and mysteries. This gift took him into palaces.
“The gift that God gave you can take you from places to palaces.”
Daniel comes on the scene and is promised heaven and earth. He rejects the offer but go ahead to serve the king. It is not a must that we be rewarded every time we serve, give and sacrifice. Your singing gift is not for minting money from King Belshazzar.
“Nowadays we have many gospel artists and few worshipers, Many Christian writers and few Christians who write.”
Daniel goes on to read and interpret the handwriting on the wall. The interpretation is not good to the ears of the king, but this does not stop him from dressing Daniel in purple and gold chains. Can we stand by our word despite the shifting winds? Can circumstances make us change our promises?
Daniel was able to read the handwriting and interpret it because Jehovah was his Father. No child can fail to read and interpret what the Father has written. On the other hand a play-actor will have trouble understanding this.
As these events were going on, the Medo-Persian Army under Cyrus was camping outside the city walls of Babylon. Historians tell us that Babylon had two walls – for the purpose of defense. The Persians established a blockade in the Euphrates River which lowered the water level and allowed them to walk into Babylon under the walls, taking the Babylonians by surprise.
Belshazzar had thought the city could not be penetrated. He was murdered that very night.
In one minute Belshazzar was having a grand party and the next minute he was gone. That is life. Things do change and sometimes rapidly. Nothing lasts. Whatever God has written will come to pass, irrespective of whether we understand it or not.
“History is always on His side.”
God has scribbled many things on walls around my life but most of the time I have ignored them. How many times have we ignored what God has been writing around our lives, even when we understand it?
God has a handwriting and we can do better if we read it, understand it, and respond to it.