[StBernard] The important things of life

Westley Annis Westley at da-parish.com
Thu Jun 18 21:19:31 EDT 2009

When things in your life seem
almost too much to handle,
when 24 hours in a day are not
enough, remember the
mayonnaise jar and the 2 glasses
of wine...

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
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.

The 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 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
glasses of wine 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; 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, 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.

Pay attention to the things that are
critical to your

Play with your children. Take time
to get medical
checkups. Take your partner out to
dinner. Play another
18 holes.. There will always be time
to clean the house
and fix the disposal. 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
wine 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
glasses of wine with
a friend.'

Please share this with friends . I JUST DID!

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