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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. The pebbles 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 two glasses of wine from


under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively


filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.




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


favourite passions; 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,


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. Play another 18. Do one more run down the ski slope.


There will always be time to clean the house .


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 wine represented.


The professor smiled. 'I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no


matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of


glasses of wine with a friend.


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