|Hugh Sutherland posted this
Here are some good words
to remember and live by. Feel free to forward to others.
A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in
front of him. When 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. The students laughed. He
then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was.
The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of
course, the sand filled everything else.
"Now," said the
professor, "what did you learn from this?"
The students gave many
answers but the professor said "I want you to recognize that this
is your life. The rocks are the most important things - your family,
your partner, your health - anything that is so important to you that if
were lost, you would be nearly destroyed. Unless you put them in the jar
first, you will not be able to get them in. The pebbles are other
important 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, there is no room for the pebbles, and the rocks. The same
goes for your life. If you spend all your energy and time 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
wife 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