Perspectives On Life
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had a few items in front of him. When the class began he picked up a large mayonnaise jar and filled it up with golf balls.
He then ask the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of small pebbles and poured them into the jar and shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. Then the professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled up the jar. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded “yes.”
The professor then poured two cups of freshly brewed coffee into the jar filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
“Now,” said the professor, 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 and your favorite passions-and 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 and your car. The sand is everything else-the small stuff.
If you put the sand into the jar first, there’s no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.
The same goes for life. If you spend all of your time and energy on the small stuff you’ll 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 spouse out to dinner. Play anoyher 18 holes. There will always be time to clean and fix things around the house.
Take care of the golf balls first-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.
One student raised her hand and asked “what does the coffee represent?” The professor smiled and said “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 cups of coffee with a friend.
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