Jena's Rants
2001-06-26 14:53:51 (UTC)

I never had teachers like this in college.

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some
items in front of him.
When class began, wordlessly, he picked up a large empty
mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks
about 2" in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar
was full. They agreed that it was.
So,the professor picked up a box of pebbles and poured them
into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of
course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He
then asked the students again if the jar was full.
They laughed and agreed that it was.The professor then
picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of
course, the sand filled up everything else.
"Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognize that
this is your life.
The rocks are the important things: your family, your
partner, your health, your children - anything that is so
important to you that if it were lost, you would be nearly
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 the jar first, there is no room
for the pebbles or the rocks.
The same goes for your life. If you spend all your
energy and time 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 dancing. Make
love often.
There will always be time to go to work, clean the house,
attend a meeting, and fix the disposal. Take care of the
rocks first - the things that really matter.
Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."