Monday, 15 January 2007

Are you my golf balls?

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

1) 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.

 2) The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

 3) 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 check-ups.

 Take your partner out to dinner.

 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 coffee 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 cups of coffee with a friend."

 Please share this with someone that you care about.


  1. Good Story, however i thought the sand wouldve been more important as it filled the emptyness in life, but i dont mind being wrong. Hell! golf is good!

  2. Actually what you said crossed my mind as well.. i guess it's all about context isn't it? priority only make sense when there are a pool of things where some are more important than the other.. if everything is sand, then there is no need for golf balls... if everything is equally not important, or equally important, there is no need for priorities ..well it's all about what value we tag on things


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