Thursday, 7 March 2013

Life's Lesson

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 glass marbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The marbles 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 next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

 The professor then produced a cup of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

 â€˜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 marbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house your investments,and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.

 â€˜If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the marbles 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 if u still have them. Play another 18 with your buddies.  There will always be time to do your gardening, 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 coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a cup of coffee with a friend.

 Author, unknown.