Saturday, April 20, 2013

No Man is an Island

Togetherness. Unity. Companionship. Love. These things can exist outside of a romantic relationship. Too many people live their everyday lives believing that they are islands. Solitary entities that have nothing to do with anybody else. I believe this is wrong. I believe the action of one person reverberates until it reaches the heart of another. We are not alone. We are in this together. And together doesn't mean we have to speak...or even have to know each other. "Together" is a penny left and a penny taken. A passing smile in the coffee shop. A knowing nod in the hospital waiting room. Together doesn't have to declare itself because it just is. Don't ask how something can help you. Ask how it can help everyone. Once we learn to focus our love and strength outward, only then will we be open and ready to receive. You are not alone. You are not an island.

No Man Is An Island by John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee. 

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