How Full is Your Jar?
A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks right to the top, rocks about 2” diameter. 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 gently. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the spaces between the rocks. The students laughed. He asked students again if the jar was full?
They agreed that yes, it was. The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled up everything else in the jar.
“Now,” said the professor, “ I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – the things that if everything else was lost 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 rocks. 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. Spend time with your spouse and parents. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and socializing.
Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
– Unknown Author