Sand im Getriebe

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 wine…

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 „Yes.“

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.“


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