Tuesday, 1 May 2018

The Important Things in Life

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 jar and started 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 it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He asked once again if the jar was full and 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. So he asked once more if the jar was full. The students laughed and replied 'yes.'

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

'Now,' said the professor, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.'

'The golf balls are the important things - God, family, children, health, friends, and favorite passions. Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.'

'The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and 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. So... pay attention to the things that are critical to your life and your happiness. Spend time in prayer. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner ... and so on. '

'There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap.'

'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 coffee 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 cups of coffee with a friend.'

18 comments:

  1. What a wonderful and very effective life-lesson. Thank you for sharing it Victor.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Denise.

      God bless you.

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  2. Wise words!

    Thank you, Victor.

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  3. Hello Victor, I love this story. Great wisdom! Thanks so much for sharing this. Best regards and blessings to you! John

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting me again, John. Much appreciated. Thank you too for your nice comment.

      God bless you.

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  4. So true, Victor. A great story to remember.
    Thank you!

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    1. Many thanx Bill for your kindness and support.

      God bless you always.

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  5. This is GOOD. I like it!!!

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    1. Thank you for your support and appreciation, Happyone. Great to see you here.

      God bless.

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  6. Powerful lesson ... I love it!

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    1. Hello Christine,

      It is so nice to see you visiting me here. Thank you. Please call again soon.

      God bless you.

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  8. My pastor used this demonstration for one of his messages a while back...kind of like show and tell. So much truth here. Blessings!

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    1. Hello Debby,

      How nice to see you visiting me here. Thank you. Please call again soon.

      Yes indeed, there is such a deep and true message in this demonstration. We sometimes focus on the not so important things in life.

      (Colossians 3:1-2)

      God bless.

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