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The Important Things In Life!


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A professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he picked up a very large and empty glass jar and proceeded to fill it with stones. 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 the stones. 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 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. The stones are the important things. The stones are your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions. If everything else was lost and only these things 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 sand is the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the stones or the pebbles. 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 your partner out to dinner. Go for a walk. Take time to do the things you really care about. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the stones 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 cup of coffee with a friend."

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