The Important Things in Life – Something to ponder…….

A philosophy professor stood before his class with
items on the table before him. Wordlessly he picked up a large
jar and proceeded to fill it.

A philosophy professor stood before his class with
some items on the table in front of him. When the
class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large
and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it
with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.

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, of course, rolled into the open areas
between the rocks.

He 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.
He then asked once more if the jar was full.
The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize
that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the
important things – your partner, your health,
your children – 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 rocks.
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. Take your partner out
dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the
house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.

Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter.
Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

Think about what are really the important things in life.


John and Linda Ballis

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