Formations, Binds & Links


This is an iPhone capture, I was reminded of it by conversation this evening, one of my favorite passages from the book Great Expectations by Charles Dickens brings this image true to life. All of our lives are built on the formation of links we make to one another. Each of those links can bind us to a different path. It’s always important to never take for granted the importance you may have on someone else.

These words stay with me every day, whichever way you choose to interpret is up to you. There is beauty and positivity to be felt in this passage, there can also be sadness and despair depending on how the link was formed or broken. I’ve always leaned towards the beautiful imagery Dickens scribed here, Dickens also understood the life of poverty and the impact it weighted on his character’s hearts.

Great Expecations by Charles Dickens

That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.