“Hold on. Be careful. It’s delicate.”
“Hold on tight!”
All of these uses of ‘hold on’ imply something slightly different, yet they also imply something similar - value.
In the first case, someone’s communication has been misinterpreted. To the speaker the correct interpretation of what they had to say is obviously important to them. They are saying, “Wait a minute. Let me clarify. I want you to understand me. The link between what I am expressing and what you are receiving from me has value to me.”
In the second case, ‘hold on’ implies something more tangible. As the speaker says, “Hold on,” the picture is of an object that needs to be handled with care. I can envision a fragile piece of expensive porcelain being entrusted from the grasp of its caretaker to the expectant, cupped palms of a wide-eyed admirer, the object’s value emphasized in the solicitude of the transfer.
Picture 3. “Hold on. Do you have a good grip?” This time safety seems stressed. Perhaps its a child’s first dalliance with an adventure, maybe climbing a tree or a first ride on the back of a motorcycle or something even more daring. The value of a life, sacred, precious beyond measure, halts a mother’s heart as she says, “hold on!”
“Hold onto it. Don’t lose it.”
"Hold on. You can do it."
“Hold onto it. Don’t give it away.”
"Hold onto it. Protect it.”
"Hold on. You can make it."
“Hold onto it. Watch what you say.”
What do these mean to you? Will you guard your heart to love or protect it from loving? Will you hold onto your faith or be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine? Will you be careful or careless about what comes out of your mouth or is expressed in your emotions? Will you give up or keep it up?"
Words do mean something, but they can mean so many different things depending on the context and the background of the parties involved. People are complicated. So are our relationships, our emotions, our communications, and the list goes on.
It is worth giving our all to find out what is really meant by the words communicated by the people we love in order to hold on to the truth.
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