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Sometimes, Even Adults Need To Be Reminded

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It’s one of those days where you’re suppose to step back and make sure you’re on the right path.  Do you have your priorities in order?

 

When I saw it was “Evaluate Your Life Day,” it reminded me of a demonstration I often use when I go out and talk to kids.

 

There was this philosophy professor and he was standing before his class with some items in front of him.  He started out class by picking up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks – rocks about 2 inches in diameter.  He than asked his students if the jar was full?  They agreed it was.

 

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.  He shook it a bit so the pebbles could settle into the open areas.  He again asked the students if the jar was full.  They agreed it was.

 

The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.  Of course, the sand filled up all the empty spaces.

 

Now,” the professor said, “I want you to recognize that this jar is your life.  The rocks are the important things - your family, your spouse, your children, your health – things that if everything else went away and only those things remained, your life would still be full.  The pebbles are the other things that matter – your job, your house, your car.  And the sand is everything else – the small stuff.”

 

He then went on to explain to the class that if you put the sand in first, there’s no room for the pebbles or the rocks.  The same goes for life.  If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you’ll never have room for the things that truly matter.

 

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.  Play with your children.  Take your spouse out dancing.  Take the time to get a medical checkup.  There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, or fix the disposal.

 

Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter.  Set your priorities.  The rest is just sand!

 

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