‘No Man is an Island’
No man is an island entire of itself;
Every man 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 any manner of thy friends or of thine own were;
Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
Year 1624 MEDITATION XVII Devotions upon Emergent Occasions John Donne (1572-1631)
The language is outdated but the sentiment remains. We are affected by those around us – for good or for ill. We influence our circle whether worldwide or village narrow. In this as in everything who we are and what we do as a person matters.
Yet as in our solitude we create, in our community we recreate each using our gifts. We do not really operate alone. Like these workshops in contemplation and creativity others are generously involved:
– mentors, friends and participants
– pray-ers, encouragers and supporters
– those that introduce and recommend
– administrative support, advertising, hiring
– those that provide space, clean up, coffee
– those who have trained and graded and
– those who take a chance
– suppliers of glue sticks and scissors
– laughers and criers
– those who affirm the calling and ignore weaknesses
– those who long for rest, for creativity, for connection with God