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A professor stood before his philosophy class
and had some items in front of him. When the
class began, he wordlessly 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 roll
ed 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 a
unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two Beers 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 favorite
passions—-and 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.
Spend time with your children. Spend time with
your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your
spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There
will always be time to clean the house and mow
the lawn.
Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that
really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just
One of the students raised her hand and
inquired what the Beer represented. The
professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’
The Beer just shows you that no matter how full
your life may seem, there’s always room for a
couple of Beers with a friend.


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