make a difference today

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.

5 responses to “make a difference today

  1. very neat….and should make you wonder if all the splashing about would be really necessary? 🙂

    Positively being a part of someones life would have that calm non-splashing, lasting impact.

  2. Yes, think about it … how long will our contribution last? Our greatest contribution is passed on through those we meet, our friends and our family. What do you want to pass on?

  3. I would like to pass on encouragement to the younger generation. Encouragement to pursue those dreams while they are young and more able to…..

    …to not wait until a family is in place, or a mortgage and other monthly fixed expenses that can all too easily narrow the possibilities of pursuing your dreams….

  4. Having recently retired from my position of 23 years, I can definitely attest to the fact that the work continues. I even trained the next person who is now building on the work I built, on the foundation that was laid by the organization. I was not finished with the vision God had placed on my heart, but I was able to pass on the torch to one who follows who keep working towards it.
    I’m still with the organization half-time in a different department and am honored to see the progress made!

    While no one is indispensable, there are hundreds of wonderful people in my life who are unforgettable and were influential. They’ve left their distinctive mark on my life and I will ever be grateful.

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