File - Aphilosophyprofessor.txt

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A philosophy professor stood before his
class and had some items in front of him.
When class began, wordlessly he picked
up a large empty mayonnaise jar and
proceeded to fill it with rocks right to the
top, 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 in to the jar. He shook the jar lightly.
The pebbles,of course, rolled into the open
areas between the rocks. The students
laughed. He asked his students again if the
jar was full? They agreed that yes, it was.
The professor then picked up a box of sand
and poured it into the jar. Of course, the
sand filled up every-thing 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 - anything
that is so important to you that if it were
lost, you would be nearly destroyed. The pebbles
are the other things in life that matter, but on a
smaller scale. The pebbles represent things like
your job, house, or car. The sand is everything
else, the small stuff."

"If you put the sand or the pebbles into the jar
first, there is no room for the rocks. The same
goes for your life. If you spend all your energy
and time on the small stuff, material things, you
will never have room for the things that are truly
most important."

Pay attention to the things that are critical in
your life. 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. Set your priorities, the rest is
just pebbles and sand. May there always be work
for your hands to do; May your purse always
hold a coin or two; May the sun always shine on
your windowpane; May a rainbow be certain to
follow each rain; May the hand of a friend always
be near; May God fill your heart with gladness to
cheer you.

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