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    Received an e-mail, which I like and thought some of you may too:

    A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him.

    When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty jar and proceeded to fill it with stones, each one about 2" in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full?

    They agreed that it was, so the professor then picked up a box of small pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

    They agreed that it was, so the professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He then asked once more if the jar was full.

    The students responded with a unanimous-yes.

    The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and proceeded to pour their entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty spaces between the grains of sand.

    The students laughed.

    As the laughter subsided, the professor said:

    · I want you to recognise that this jar represents your life.

    · The stones are the important things - your family, your partner, your health, and your kids - 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, there is no room for the pebbles or the Stones. The same goes for your 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 Kids. Look after your health. Make time for your partner.

    There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the car.

    Take care of the stones first - the things that really matter – and set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

    One of the students raised her hand and asked what the beer represented.

    The professor smiled and said:

    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 beers.

  • #2
    ...Or a bottle of wine, Hol :lol:


    Don't quote me on that , of course.


    • #3
      love that by the way!


      • #4
        Originally posted by sapphirelily10@Jul 28 2003, 12:53 AM

        ...Or a bottle of wine, Hol :lol:


        Oh yes, always room for a bottle of red.