Bank holiday weekend - thought for the day

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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
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 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
slope.

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
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 glasses of wine with a friend."

Have a good weekend and try to ignore the sand!
 
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