Writing Outside the Lines – Prompt 42 – Wise Words

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Writing Outside the Lines – Prompt 42

Use the above picture to write to your heart’s desire … or just to address the weekly challenge!

Address the prompt in any genre you feel comfortable using. Remember you are in charge of your own words, there is no ‘right or wrong’ with this process other than to have FUN!

Wise Words

A very wise women once told me when my ego needed to be checked that ‘no one is irreplaceable’. She went on to recite words from a poem which I later looked up to read in its entirety – There Is No Irreplaceable Man.

Because she was an amazing leader, teacher and someone I respected deeply, I was given a check up from the neck up in a kind and gentle manner. Leading me to a poem I didn’t know and one she knew I would look up to read later, she got her point across without demeaning me and insuring she still had my respect. That damned poem really opened my 18 year-old eyes and made me think about a variety of things I thought, did, and expressed that needed to be changed to make me a better person for the future.

Like the quote above, I realized that I needed to be different … not irreplaceable, but memorable. Someone that would be respected as I respected this wonderful teacher. A person who would be looked up to in the future. An individual who would be there to teach, mentor and guide others … if I changed my ways.

To this day I remember how she addressed my inexperience in a loving way and through a poem that I would never forget. A poem I would return to over and over throughout my life when I needed to readjust myself and check my ego and attitude.

I have not always been who I should be over the years, but I tried to follow her lead and her style. When I realize that I am ‘out of check’ I read that poem and adjust my sails for the next stage of my journey.

If you are not familiar with the above mentioned poem, here it is:

There is no irreplaceable man

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 man in the room.
Sometime when you think that your passing
Will leave an un-fillable hole,
Just remember this simple example,
And see how it humbles your soul.

Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in up to your wrists,
The hole that you make when you leave it,
Is the measure of how much you’ll be missed.
You may thrash all you want when you enter,
You may stir up the waters galore,
But just wait for a moment
And it is still the same as before.

The moral of this is quite simple,
Just do the best that you can.
But please always remember
There is no irreplaceable man

Attributed to Saxon N. White Kessinger, 1959

I have read this poem so many times over the years that I no longer need to read it, but the impact of those words on paper when read still is something I need to keep me able to ‘do the best that you can’.

Copyright © 2016 Annie Original NonFiction
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie




7 Responses to Writing Outside the Lines – Prompt 42 – Wise Words

  1. Annie .. I am copying this poem to keep me firmly rooted … it’s excellent and I had never read it before!!! I love it … thank you for such a gift! XXXOOO

    Liked by 1 person

  2. artifiswords says:

    Good thoughts. Many others would have benefitted by such advice. Many of those are in politics, of course. 😛

    Liked by 2 people

  3. bbeyes4 says:

    Love your story and the poem!

    Liked by 3 people

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