Indispensable Man

— Saxon White Kessinger

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.


Can you remember what you wanted before you were told to grow up and fit your round peg in a square cubicle? Use these questions to trigger memories and stimulate thoughts: What did you want to be when you grew up? What have you always wanted to do that you haven’t yet done? What have you done in your life that you are really proud of? If you knew you were going to die within a year, how would you spend that year? What brings you the most fulfillment—and how is that related to money? If you didn’t have to work for a living, what would you do with your time? These are potent questions. You may have looked at some before, but without a bridge between your present reality and your aspirations.

— Vicki Robin from book “Your Money or your Life…”