Rocks: A meaning for life.
A Philosophy professor stood before his class and placed some items in
front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty
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
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 - God, your family, your health - 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 spouse 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."
But then... A student took the jar that the other students and the
professor agreed was full, and proceeded to empty a beer into it. Of
course the beer filled the remaining spaces making the jar truly full.
Which proves: No matter how full your life is, there is always room for
beer. Your life will not be complete without beer.
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