Sunday, 25 May 2008

Take time to smell the roses.....

TW0 GLASSES OF WINE

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 2 glasses
of wine theory...

A professor stood before his philosophy class with some items on his
desk 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.

'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, your children, your health, your
friends, and your favorite 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 energ y on the small stuff, you will never have room
for the good 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 holes. Do one more run down the ski
slope. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the
disposal. 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 busy or full your life may seem, there's always room for a
couple of glasses of wine with a friend.'
Share this with someone you care about... I just did.
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3 comments:

Tracey said...

What a great mantra to live life by, thankyou for sharing, I love the story and will be sharing amongst my friends too, happy weekend XXX

PS hope the cheeky pops aren't causing too many probs XXX

Terri H said...

LOVE that mantra hunny! Thanks for stopping by my blog...its been a bright spot.


xoxo

LazyKay said...

Have heard/seen that analogy before and it's so true. Unfortunately, I'm one of the people who tends to put the sand in first! Must remember the lesson.

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