A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of
him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large
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 students laughed. The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it
into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. "Now," said the
professor, "I want you to recognise that this is 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,
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."
A student then took the jar which the other students and the professor
agreed was full, and proceeded to pour in a glass of beer. Of course the
beer filled the remaining spaces within the jar making the jar truly full.
The moral of this tale is:
that no matter how full your life is, there is always room for a beer.