It was interesting at work recently, when a colleague was contemplating what to do about some key person being out of the office and unavailable...
And they go: "Next man or women up--last one flips off the light."
In other words as they say, the show must go on!
So hurry up and let's get the person's deputy, "second," or the next one on the ladder read in and working on this.
When it comes to work, we can't stop because someone is "out of pocket"--the job presuposes any particular person or persons.
While many peope think (or wish) they are irreplaceable, the truth is that with the exception of your closest family and friends, we are all just shy of, "Okay, whose up next?"
I remember a friend who told me many years ago that he believed that the whole world revolved around him (yes really), and that everyone else was "just a figment of my imagination."
Ha, I'm pretty sure that a lot of people have had a similar thought or sentiment about themselves.
But the truth is that while everyone is unique and invaluable--there are over 7 billion of us out there and growing--so there is always someone else waiting in the wings to jump on an opportunity to fill someone else's shoes (no matter how big).
It is a harsh world and reality--but we are here as long as we are here, and then there are others who come after.
In a sense, this is a good thing, because as mere mortals, we don't want everything to depend on us--we are frail, we get sick, we die--but by having others who can step in and carry the flag forward, our efforts do not end with us. :-)
(Source Photo: here with attribution to Niklas Morberg)