Monday, January 7, 2013

Something Special



          Recently, a friend sent me this marvelous lesson in life. As you can see at the end the author, unfortunately, is unknown. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Maybe you're familiar with the story. I think it's an intelligent, sensible way to think about the new year.

          When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two pints of beer.


          A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, 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 open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed again that it was.

         The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up the rest of the space. He asked once more if the jar was full, and his students responded with a unanimous “yes.”

          The professor then produced two pint glasses of beer from under the table and poured the contents of both into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the grains of 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 - your family, children, health, friends and your favourite passions; things that, if everything else was lost and only they remained, would still make your life full.”

         The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else - the small stuff.



        “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.”

         “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 and play another 18 holes. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the leaky tap. Take care of the golf balls first - the things that really matter. Set your priorities, because the rest is just sand.”
A beverage substitution -- I live in France after all.
        One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented.

        The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem to be, that there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend.”

- Author Unknown

24 comments:

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Excellent! A perfect way to begin my morning...I had not heard this, but will share it!

MEG MITCHELL said...

Brilliant!

Déjà Pseu said...

I love this! And it's so true,

Kathy said...

Wonderful story and so very true.

hopflower said...

Absolutely wonderful; and so true!

Lorrie said...

A lesson that's fun to read!

Pondside said...

That's a great lesson!

mette said...

So true : ).

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

An excellent post to start the week!
How very true...

Splenderosa said...

Tish, I'm going to print this out and give a copy to everyone I know !
As someone else has already said:
BRILLIANT !!!

Thea said...

Very nice reminder. I first read a very similar story in the late Steven Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Not sure if he originated the story. Cheers!

Corrine said...

A great little story to illustrate our priorities.

Karen Albert said...

Tish, I agree with you regarding the champagne instead of beer. What an inspiring AND important story!

All the Best
Karena
Art by Karena

BigLittleWolf said...

I never heard this - and I very much needed to hear it today.

Perfect.

Barbara Lilian said...

How true ! I have heard something similar a long time ago, thank you for sharing it & reminding me of the important things in life that matter.
Perfect thought for my day. love the idea of champagne, that would be my choice too.
Barbara Lilian

Nantucket Daffodil said...

Absolutely love this story!!

Deborah Flanagan said...

A wonderful story/lesson. Thanks so much for sharing

fixitfaerie said...

Love this.

Chicatanyage said...

Well timed advice as we have just spent the holiday period here in France without a working fridge. Have been liaising with manufacture for compensation (this has tested my mastery or not of the french language). We still chilled out and had a good time with friends and even managed to entertain.
Don't sweat the small stuff!

Mouse said...

You've got a spammer! How rude they are, and how silly, when I get to the office I will track them down and block them.

Sorry, but they do make me cross!

Mouse said...

PS Comment moderation may be a good idea because, you know, once they've found you they'll be back
And any of those links they've posted could be to a website infected with malicious code

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

I love this message! Thanks for sharing!!

josina said...

how true! this is my new year's philosophy! happy new year!

silkpathdiary said...

Oh I LOVE this - thank you for sharing!!! I will definitely try to remember.

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