I’m Too Busy … Not

A professor stood in front of his philosophy class and with various items in front of him. When the class began, he picked up a large, empty jar and began to fill it with golf balls. He asked the students if the jar was full, and they each agreed it was.

The professor then picked up a box of small rocks and poured them into the jar and shook the jar gently. The pebbles found their way into the open spaces between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full, and again they agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a small bucket of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand proceeded to fill up the remaining gaps, and once more the students determined unanimously that the jar was full.

The professor then produced two Diet Cokes from under the table and poured the both into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter faded, ‘You should recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and 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.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. 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. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

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