The “Indispensable Man” by Saxon White Kessinger from John Maxwell’s book Talent is Never enough.
Sometime when you feel important;
Sometime when your ego’s in bloom
Sometime when you take it for granted
You’re the best qualified in the room,
Sometime when you feel that your going
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions
And see how they humble your soul;
Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to the wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining
Is a measure of how you’ll be missed.
You can splash all you wish when you enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop and you’ll find that in no time
It looks quite the same as before.
The moral of this quaint example
Is do just the best you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember,
There is no indispensable man.
We can make a difference in the world while we are there. The moment we leave someone else will fill the gap. It doesn’t mean that while we are there that what we do doesn’t matter, it does. It just means that as time goes by others can pick up where you left off and continue. Make the difference that you can today.