If you are reading this, you too have been gifted the most incredible thing in the known universe: life. And you weren’t gifted life in the form of a plant or a tree or an insect or animal. You’re a human. We’ve all won the cosmic lottery just by being born. We have the ability to think, learn, grow, and evolve – effectively superpowers. You have the power to control your destiny. Your life will be whatever you make of it. If you don’t put in very much effort, you’re likely not going to get very much in return. However, if you put in the hard work and energy required, life can be more incredible and rich than you’ve ever imagined. Hopefully we all go on to live long, happy, full lives and have many years to do and accomplish everything we want. But the future is not guaranteed, so we must be present and grateful for every day. Work on the things that you want to work on and start doing the things that you want to do. If there’s a project you’ve been wanting to do but have been putting off, start today! We only get one life, so make it count!
The following poem gives some perspective. We all have so much potential and power. We can build things, we can change things, we can create and contribute to experiences. The opportunities are endless. Until our time for opportunities ends. Remember carpe diem (to seize the day) and Memento Mori (remember death).
The 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 much 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 to do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember,
There’s no indispensable man.