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Do you focus on the golf balls or the sand? *edit in orange 7.2.2013*

Posted by on Sep. 3, 2012 at 7:37 PM
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Saw this on FB and had to share. I also think I'm going to create one of these for myself (minus the coffee) as a visible reminder. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

A professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. 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 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 golf balls are the important things - family, children, health, friends, and 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, house, and car. The sand is everything else - the small stuff.
If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. 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. So... 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. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls 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.'

Well I did make one of these without the coffee and it currently sits on my TV and I'm being reminded that this group specifically is becoming the sand thanks to all the hatred and bigotry that is allowed to fester and blossom rather than halted and told it is unacceptable.

I hope everyone else is able to focus on the Golf balls and pebbles rather than the sand.

by on Sep. 3, 2012 at 7:37 PM
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punky3175
by Punky on Sep. 3, 2012 at 7:49 PM
Bump!
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krystlzd3
by on Sep. 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

I read this before, it is awesome!!

wenchmommy381
by Wenchy on Sep. 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I've always liked this story.

Sometimes the trouble is that people think of the "sand" issues as the "golf ball" issues. 

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Sep. 3, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Me I'm all about the coffee with friends. -

EastCoastMom78
by on Sep. 3, 2012 at 10:54 PM

 Cute :>)

Radarma
by "OneDar" on Sep. 3, 2012 at 11:05 PM
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I think you are soaking up your critical thinking course.

It feels good doesn't it? You have a good brain.
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toomanypoodles
by Ruby Member on Sep. 3, 2012 at 11:05 PM

 LIKE

taniamorse85
by Bronze Member on Sep. 5, 2012 at 2:34 AM

I love this!

AmyLedford
by New Member on Sep. 5, 2012 at 5:02 AM

it is awesome!!

punky3175
by Punky on Jul. 2, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Bumping for edit.

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