A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
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 then produced two Beers 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 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,’ 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.
Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.
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 and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.
- Ed: So Amanda, where have you been all day?
- Amanda: I was with Taylor at a friends house.
- Alex: Ooohhh Taylor ;)
- Ed: That's her sister...
- Alex: Oh...
- Amanda: ...
- Ed: ...
- Amanda: ...
- Ed: ...
- Alex: ... even better ;)
Today is his birthday. So in honor of his birthday we were all going to go out to dinner as a family. We specifically told him we were going out to eat an early dinner around 4 pm, so not to eat anything. In the meantime, me, my mom, and my dad went on some errands. We were planning to leave for dinner the second we got back from errands.
Now, we never go out to dinner as a family. In fact, we never eat out in general. And we were going to go to Chili’s, which I always get Chicken Fajitas and a Paradise Cookie Pie. Of course, you can imagine how excited I was to get home and leave to get dinner. The whole car ride home I was like:
We arrived home at 3:30 pm and were waiting for my sister, Amanda, and my brother, Josh the birthday boy, to come downstairs so we could leave, while I sat in the kitchen waiting to eat the amazing lovely dinner I was going to have soon.
But then… what’s this? Josh said he wasn’t hungry and didn’t want dinner!
When questioned as to why he wasn’t hungry, he replied with “I just ate.” He. Just. Ate. Even though we told him specifically we were going to eat dinner at 4 pm and not to eat anything.
So now dinner has been pushed back to 7 pm, and I have to wait 3 hours, after I had been starving myself all day just for this meal.