Bank holiday weekend - thought for the day

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  1. chieftiff

    chieftiff War Hero Moderator

    I've been working pretty hard lately - although evidently not today! Putting things into perspective has become my latest hobby so I thought I'd share this little gem that my boss just e-mailed me at the start of the long weekend:

    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

    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 an 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 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

    There will always be time to clean the house and fix the waste 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

    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."

    Have a good weekend and try to ignore the sand!

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