Friday, April 24, 2009

Setting Priorities in Life

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough...Remember this story.

A professor stood before his philosophy class. He had some items in front of him. When the class began, without saying a word, he 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 and the pebbles rolled into the areas between the golf balls

He again asked the students 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.

Once again he asked the class if the jar was full and the students responded with an unanimous 'yes'.

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the contents into the jar, 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 - God, family, children, health, friends, and 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, like your job, house, and car.

The sand is everything else.'

'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.

So 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. 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 coffee represented. The professor smiled, '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.'


Pet said...

I have read this before, but it's great to read thru it again. Thanks for sharing.

Angeline said...

Aaaawwww... this, THIS!!! Is Beautiful!

Love it! Absolutely love it!
Thank you girl, thank you...

mommy to chumsy said...

i've read this before. thanks for sharing again :)

Leona said...

Oh.. thanks!!! i really need that little reminder! Sometimes life can get really 'crazy'!

Blessed mum said...

Leona - you are most welcome..we sometime really needs a little reminder like this to get our track right.


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