There Is No Indispensable Man

Saxon N. White Kessinger   ©1959

Sometime when you’re feeling 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 will 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 that you can,

Be proud of yourself but remember

There is no indispensable man.

(There is no indispensable you).


The above has been my ‘Ode to Humility’. I’m not sure of the first encounter whether in GBSS Sixth Form 1960 or at UWI, but at various times I experienced its counsel. No matter how young, no matter how old, or no matter how skilled, I consider it one of the most useful lessons to guide living. And lest we forget, think also of the exhortation not to sit, unasked, at the Head Table, lest you may be removed for someone considered more important than you!!!

Happy Christmas and Happy Holidays.bp

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