Friday, May 21, 2004

Just a reminder

A professor stood before her Philosophy 101 class and had some items in
front of her. When the class began, wordlessly, she picked up a very
large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
She then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into
the jar. She shooked the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled
into the open areas between the golf balls. She then asked the students
again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of
course, the sand filled up everything else. She then asked once more if
the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous - yes.

The professor then produced two cans of liquid chocolate from under the
table and proceeded to pour the entire contents into the jar effectively
filing the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now", said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to
recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the
important things--your family, your spouse, your health, your children,
your friends, your favorite passions--things that if everything else was
lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles
are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car.

The sand is everything else--the small stuff. If you put the sand into
the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The
same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the
small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important
to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play
with your children and grandchildren. Take time to get medical
checkups. Take your partner out dancing. Take riding lessons. There
will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party
and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first--the things that really matter. Set
your priorities. The rest is just sand." One of the students raised
her hand and inquired what the chocolate represented.

The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you
that no matter how full your life seems, there's always room for


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