Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Philosophy of Life

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a
day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar........and the beer.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front
of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large any
empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golfballs. He then asked
the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor
then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the
jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of
course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar
was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes." The professor
then produced two cans of beer from under the table and poured the entire
contents into the jar, effectively filling 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 children, your health, 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," he continued, "there is no room
for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for 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. Take time to get
medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There
will always be time to clean the house, 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 beer represented.
The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no
matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of
beers.

3 Comments:

Blogger Just an Idea said...

Very well put.

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Harvey said...

Only a couple beers?

He needs a bigger jar :-)

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Harvey said...

*stops by*

*frets at the silence*

*leaves*

10:00 AM  

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