Priorities

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by lethal tupperwa, Jan 30, 2003.


  1. A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of
    him. When the class began, he wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty
    mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2" 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 an unanimous-yes. The professor then produced two cans of
    beer from under the table
    and proceeded to pour their 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 rocks are the important
    things - your family, 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," then 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 time to get medical checkups.
    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."
    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."
     

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