Monday, October 3, 2005

Are Your Rocks In Your Jar?


My last entry on being too busy reminded me of the Jar of Rocks metaphor & I thought I would share it as well! There are many ways to think about this. I remember someone talking about the Spinning Plates on a stick idea...some of us are old enough to remember them on tv! It is the same...you decide how many plates to have spinning in the first place, you decide if you want to take one down, how fast they should go...heck get someone to help you spin them! :-)
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A Jar of Rocks

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

When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks 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 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 it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

"Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things - your family, your partner, your health, your children - 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, 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 rocks. 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 children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal." "Take care of the rocks first - the things that really matter. Setyour priorities. The rest is just sand." But then... an engineering student then took the jar which the other students and the professor agreed was full, and proceeded to pour in a glass of water. Of course the water filled the remaining spaces within the jar making the jar truly full.

1 comment:

lurkynat said...

Dear Deborah,
Nice demonstration!
I think that the fall is really "your" time!You blossom
natalie