Important Golf Balls in life

Discussion in 'Jokes' started by manjula, Aug 24, 2005.

  1. manjula

    manjula New IL'ite

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    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

    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

    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 God, 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, 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 to
    dinner. Play another 18.
    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 a good friend. I JUST DID.
    (someone shared this with me and I'm sharing it with all of u who are reading this)


  2. varalotti

    varalotti IL Hall of Fame

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    A Great Wisdom, Manjula

    Manjula, many of us trying to put the cart before the horse, or to use the paraphrase of this snippet, to put the wine or the sand or the pebbles first. This snippet should be sent to all those executives who work for 15 hours a day, forget that they have a family waiting for them and forget that the time will never never wait for them. A very good thread, Manjula.
  3. vinu

    vinu Junior IL'ite

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    Good to read, but isn't it hard to put in practice?

    Hi Manjula,

    This posting was definitely a good to read. I'm sure everyone reading it would realize the moral of it, but isn't it hard to put in practice?

    Priorities in life - deciding and getting them done have never been easy. Most people struggle, but is good to TRY! Everyone should TRY, to identify not only the golf balls in life, but everything till the sand. I guess then it's easy to find time for the wine with friends.

    Keep posting more like these...very thoughtful.
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