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A Philosophy Professor


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 students laughed. 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. Take care of the

rocks first - the things that really matter. Set your priorities.

The rest is just sand."





But then a student then took the jar which the other students

and the professor agreed was full, and proceeded to pour in a

glass of beer. Of course the beer filled the remaining spaces

within the jar making the jar truly full.





The moral of this tale is: no matter how full your life is, there

is always room for beer.


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