Kawartha Lakes Public Library - Digital Collections
Looking Back: Some time
, p. 30

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 27 February 1997
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Your scribe was rifling through some memorabilia I had stored away from the days when I worked at National Defense Headquarters for the RCAF.

Among them I found the following that applies to those who think the whole world revolves around them.




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 you're going

Would leave an unfillable hole

Just follow this simple instruction

And see how it humbles your soul.


Take a bucket and fill it with water

Put your hand in up to the wrist

Pull it out and the hole that's remaining

Is a measure of how you'll be missed.


You may splash all you please when you enter

You can stir up the water galore

But stop and you'll find in a minute

That it looks quite the same as before.


The moral in this quaint example

Is do just the best that you can

Be proud of yourself, but remember

There is no indispensable man.

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Looking Back: Some time