Priorities of life…

September 20, 2005

I was going through some old emails and I came across this email sent to me by my didi so I decided to share it.

Guru Ang Sang!

Angad Singh

Priorities of life… A professor stood before his philosophy class and hadsome items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked upa very large 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. Sothe 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 betweenthe golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. Theyagreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Ofcourse, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jarwas full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table andpoured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the emptyspace between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you torecognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are theimportant things your family, your health, your children, your friends,your favorite passions things that if everything else was lost and onlythey 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 thejar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golfballs. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on thesmall stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important toyou. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Playwith your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partnerout to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean thehouse, and fix the disposal. “Take care of the golf balls first, the thingsthat 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 nomatter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple ofbeers.

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