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The Important Things in Life...
iggy Posted: Fri Apr 2 03:55:39 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  THE IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE

A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the
table 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 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 professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of
course,
the sand filled up everything else.

He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded
with a unanimous "Yes."

The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and
proceeded to pour their 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 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," he continued "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 sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer
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 beers."




 
Howitzer Posted: Fri Apr 2 04:04:12 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  damn right


 
antartica Posted: Fri Apr 2 08:33:36 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  hmmm...
i like.
now pass me a cold one brah


 
choke Posted: Sat Apr 3 03:38:15 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  aye. its cool how i can struggle with a philosophy im trying to create/understand for weeks then i can come on here and find its all written out for me.. This place is awesome :D


 



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