I was clearing out some old boxes of papers in the garage the other day and came across this wonderful poem (and a real poem in that the words rhyme every other line like I was taught in school many years ago!) and realised it has not lost its relevance even in these fast moving times. Probably even more so nowadays!

The source is unknown, but I found it in a works magazine many years ago and thought it worth saving then. I have since met many “indispensable” men and women in my years in industry and I am assuming once you’ve read it, you can put some names to it as well so please enjoy and let me know if it should apply to you 🙂 and be honest?


Some time when you’re feeling important

Some time when your ego’s in bloom

Some time when you take it for granted

You’re the best qualified man in the room


Some time when you feel that your going

Would leave an unfillable hole

Just follow this simple example

And see how it humbles your soul


Take a bucket and fill it with water

Put your hands in it up to the wrists

Pull them out – and the hole that is left

Is a measure of how much you’ll be missed


You may splash all you like as you enter,

You may stir up the water galore;

But stop, and you’ll find in a minute

That it looks just the same as before


The moral of this is quite simple

Do just the best that you can

Be proud of yourself, but remember —-



Hope you got to here and enjoyed it and feel free to pass it on to anyone you think might also enjoy it unless they are that wonder of wonders, the indispensable man (or woman)

To your success


    5 replies to "Food For Thought – The Indispensable Man"

    • Pauline Harris

      Thank you, the poem certainly makes you realize that whoever you are, you are no more important than anyone else.

      • DaveThomas

        Thanks Pauline

        Just wish it could have been something I’d come up with.


    • Andrew Blackburn

      Great one Dave – Really like it 🙂 MAkes you think doesn’t it.

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    • Chas Leo

      Great poem. It certainly helps for us to stay grounded. We all have our skills, talents and contributions, but at the end of the day none of us are indispensable. Thanks for sharing this!

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