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A Bit of Philosophy

After two fantastic guest posts, by Laura and Jordan I am back with one of my own posts. Now if you have read my Fill Up That Empty Blog Space article, you will know that I advise you "post something off topic" if you are running out of things to blog about. Now I haven't run out of things to blog about, but I felt like you, the loyal visitors to my site deserve to be enlightened by this great bit of philosophy that I have recently had the joy of being told.

Yes, its true, I like philosophy! Okay, here goes!

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up an empty 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 rolled into the open areas between 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."

Food For Thought The professor then produced a cup of tea from under the table and poured it 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, your favourite 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 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. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out. Have fun with friends et cetera. There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the car. 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 tea 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 cup of tea!"

So there you have it, prioritise for your golf balls, they are the most important, also dedicate some time to your pebbles, and finally look after your sand, but if you loose some sand you are still full, and can easily gain it back, unlike golf balls which are much harder to attain!

Thanks for reading, I hope I have given you some food for thought.

Good luck looking after your golf balls!

Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 16th July 2010

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