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. — John Donne (1572-1631)

i keep this quotation, ‘no man is an island’, current in mind, as it reminds me that essentially, indeed we are islands.  but just as we are islands, no man is an island entirely unto himself.  humans do thrive on connections.  precisely why we build bridges.  to connect.  this is a concept that is constant with me, as i find that connections are essential to our existence.  just the other day, a most unexpected source confirmed, once again, my conviction.  i answered a call, and sounding congested, explained that i had had the flu, but was actually much better.  the following day i received a lovely flower arrangement. this thoughtful attention did bring me much cheer, and ascertained how important our connections truly are.  i felt the flowers were a ‘bridge’, metaphorically speaking, that extended a caring connection.  gestures or extensions can be considered bridges that connect us.  these can come from many sources and in so many different ways.  make a connection.  offer a flower.  a smile.  you may be surprised at the connections you can ‘bridge’.  connections are for thebestdressup now!

flowers, connections, the best dress up


About thebestdressup

ciao! thebestdressup is about being the best now in anything/everything and anywhere/everywhere. can this be possible? i will give it a heart and put my heart into it.
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16 Responses to connections

  1. supriya says:

    Lovely post we all need to be connected & we are connected

  2. Beautiful words with such simplistic yet deep meaning concerning the impact that out thoughts, words and actions have on our fellow neighbour. Really enjoyed reading this.

  3. petit4chocolatier says:


  4. Beautiful quote and post. We are connected, I agree. What a nice gesture to receive such beautiful flowers.

    • ciao! heartfelt thanks. the flowers were an unexpected gesture that prompted my thought pattern. being connected is a luvMUST that does grow us. i am still enjoying the flowers…

  5. What a beautiful way to express your thoughts, including the classic poem and the bouquet.

  6. ciao! thanks. we connected, and this is for the bestdressup now! you are the bestdressup now!

  7. Maggie Hindie says:

    loved this post 🙂 love John Donne – favorite out of the metaphysical poets 🙂

  8. Thanks for posting this poem – I’m going to look up John Donne – beautiful words.
    Hope you are feeling much better now – sure the flowers helped!

  9. ciao! thanks, i am over the cold. connections are medicinal. so glad we connected.

  10. afracooking says:

    It has been years since I have read this poem – thank you for connecting me with it again. And thank you so much for bringing my awareness to such a beautiful thing as connection.

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