View Full Version : PHILOSOPHY 101

10-09-2003, 09:55 PM
A professor stood before

his Philosophy 101 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.

So the professor then 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 spaces between the golf balls. He then asked the

students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into

the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students

agreed with a unanimous --yes!

The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and proceeded

to pour the entire contents in to the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students


\"Now,\" the professor said, 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 partner, your health, your

children, your friends, your favorite 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, 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 your 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 dancing. Play another 18 holes.

There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give

a dinner party and fix the disposal.\"Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter. Set your

priorities. The rest is just sand.\"

Thank you teachers. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif