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An inspiring way to look at life

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    This is an inspiring way to look at life.

    A professor stood before his philosophy class. Wordlessly, he picked up an empty jar and filled it with golf balls. He asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

    The professor then poured small pebbles into the jar, shaking the jar lightly so they rolled into the spaces between the golf balls. He asked once more if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

    Next the professor then poured sand into the jar. The sand filled the smaller gaps. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes”.

    The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, filling the spaces in the sand. The students laughed.

    “Now”, said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “This jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things, your family, your health, your friends and your favourite passions – things that would mean something even if you lost everything else. The pebbles are things that matter a little less, like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else – the small stuff. Yet these things are the ones that we tend to fixate on.”

    “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or 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. Play with your children. Take your partner out to dinner. 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. The rest is just sand.”

    One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer 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 beers.”

    Now where's the fridge.


  • #2
    Hehe! I love it. Pass the Beer !

    Folksy shop


    • #3
      I think I shall nick that for September - and hope they get it!
      Do not watch this space


      • #4
        Excellent! (and as you see from my siggy, something I try to remember at all times - although I have to make sure I add in about the beer!)
        Ali x

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