Life Philosophy............Filling of an Empty Jar.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the story of an empty jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large empty jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks until the top of the jar.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 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."Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, " I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things - your health, your family, your partner, your children, your friends, your favorite passions - 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 rocks. The same goes for 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 to dinner. Play another 18. 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 sand."One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.The professor smiled. "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 cups of coffee with a friend."

18 comments:

  1. Hi Surjit. What a wonderful story. I was just about to ask about the coffee as well, when I got to the last line! lol. Have a great day! - Anna

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  2. Hi Surjit, nice to find a blog with a soul. thanks for dropping by my site. will start to link to yours.

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  3. Such a peaceful blog..:)

    cheers,

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  4. Thanks Anna, for your nice words and support.Best wishes.

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  5. Welcome and thanks Sophiagurl.I am glad that you have like my blog.My best wishes.

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  6. Thanks Alakaline, for your encouraging words.Best wishes.

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  7. Ha! I LOVE IT~~~~ FANTASTIC~~~

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  8. Thanks Lyn, for your nice words.

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  9. Hi Surjit,

    Indeed, this is a nice and simple story that could explain well the importance of setting our priorities right!

    "Half the wisdom of life is eliminating the non-essentials."

    Thank you for the post

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  10. I agree with you Sam Chan.Setting our priorities rightly and keeping our attitudes positive certainly make a lot of difference in our lives.Thanks for sharing your views.

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  11. I'm a philosophy minor, and I actually once had a professor show us this illustration once.

    It's a lovely analogy.

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  12. Surjit - I too am working on concentrating on the rocks. Why does it seem the sand always gets in the way? I am hoping someday to just be able to enjoy sitting on the sand instead of reacting to it...

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  13. Thanks Ruthie, for sharing your views.Best wishes.

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  14. Thanks Beth for adding new idea...enjoy sitting on the sand instesd of reacting to it..
    Best wishes.

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  15. Wonderful post, Surjit ! Happy Sunday to you !

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  16. Thanks Loving Annie.I am glad that you have like the post.Good luck.

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  17. A very nice story Surjit. And I can't agree more about having coffee with a friend. In fact I am just heading out the door to do so...

    Enjoying your blog.

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  18. I am glad John, that you have liked it.Thanks for your motivating words.Best wishes.

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