I read this story many years ago and just stumbled across it remembering how inspirational it was and still is. I’m sure a number of you will have read it before. Whether it’s new or a reminder, it’s always good to get back in touch with what truly matters.
A professor stood before his philosophy class with some items in front of him. When the class began, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar, and began to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full, and 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 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.
His point from everything he did was that the jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – family, partner, health, children – things that if everything else will be lost, they are the only once who will remains and still your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like – job, house and car. While the sand is everything else meaning all the small stuff.
If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles and golf balls. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important. Always pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Know your priorities because this will only result everything that will happen in your life. Take care of the golf balls first – the rest are just pebbles and sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled.
“I’m glad you asked,” he said. “It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple cups of coffee with a friend.”
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two cups of coffee.
Everything that we do in life always end up in choosing which should we prioritize first and which we should treat as an option. We might not end up as successful or just living plainly, but we should know who will be there when everything goes down in your life and who will be there to stand up for you when life is a bit hard. Don’t ignore the important things, because these important things are the only one who can help you stand up and make everything go up.