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 recognize 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
But then... 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 BEER.