The news that Brian Urlacher and the Bears have parted company got me thinking about one of my favorite poems. In his heyday, it was impossible to think of the Bears without thinking of Urlacher. Just as it was once impossible to not think Michael Jordan was the Bulls. I’m sure at one point it was impossible to think of America without FDR or Rome without the Ceasars.
Each person of prominence, whether it’s on a sports team, a company, in politics–whatever–has his or her day in the sun but then it comes to an end. Some people might be lucky enough to be honored by statues, memorials or a plaque. But how many people has the world found it impossible to do without? Read on!
“Indispensable Man” by Saxon White Kessinger
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’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 that you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember,
There’s no indispensable man