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23 January 2003 @ 11:15 am
Just a simple lesson that makes a whole lot of sense.  
A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table 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 rocks, about 2" in diameter.

He then asked his students if the jar was full. They all 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. Again, 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.

He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "Yes."

The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and proceeded to pour their 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 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," he continued "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. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer 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 beers."

-the redhead-

It’s absolutely insane that we live without an ozone layer. We have men. We have rockets. FIX IT!
-Lewis Black
 
 
 
Musings from the CZ unitcz_unit on January 23rd, 2003 10:34 am (UTC)
cz thinks about what he consideres rocks, pebbles, and sand.

Hm.
Neverneverireven on January 23rd, 2003 01:42 pm (UTC)
that's great, i like that. hmm... yeah, i could probably do with some rock/pebble/sand sorting. the beer, though, i'm pretty sure where i stand in regards to. *g*
Liquid Tension Movementperspicuity on January 23rd, 2003 03:00 pm (UTC)
ah, an interesting learning allegory and/or metaphor...

except if you start with a jar full of beer, then you drink all
the beer first!

hmmm...

i'm one or two rocks short of an avalanche today i think.
-the redhead-theredhead on January 23rd, 2003 06:49 pm (UTC)
There's a good question...
Which is better - mountain climbing or surfing?

-the redhead-
Liquid Tension Movementperspicuity on January 23rd, 2003 10:16 pm (UTC)
Re: There's a good question...
surfing... can be serene and peaceful while you lay or sit on your
board, waiting for swell, and counting sets. it can be solitary even
with buddies around, or rowdy and social, depending. you have to watch
Mistress Ocean, for she is fickle and will skunk you if you aren't paying
her VERY close attention. when you choose to attempt a swell and ride
the forming wave, sometimes you make it, and sometimes you don't. once
you've commited, it's a matter of many factors to succeed. if you bail,
or falter, you will be smacked down. when you glide away, there is no
other feeling like it. some close. some related. however, nothing like
it at all. it infrequently doesn't last long. it comes around again and
again and you can go again whenever it's right and want it. in the end,
despite the smacking around, and the danger, you're left profoundly at
peace, centered, and feel at one with nature. the feeling can last a LONG
time after.

mountain climbing. well, if you mean vigourous working hiking and scrambles
up? or perhaps verticals, with harnesses, and a belay partner, even various
bits of 'pro' and such if you do the hardcore multi pitch leads. i prefer
top roping (i'm a wuss). both are hard work. dirty. not exactly calming,
but it can obliterate all other thought. sometimes, the only thing you can
think of is achieving then next goal, and rest. be that goal rising the
next bend, or inching up that ledge. it's maddening sometimes, it's work,
and it feels so good when you get to the top and it's over. i don't generally
think it's very centering (like surfing), but the endorphins are not to be
ignored. i'm not that much a climbing junky these days. it's hard stuff,
and worthy. also dangerous. it can kill you as well.

which is better? these days, for me, i have to say it's the allure of the
the glide. be that glide surfing, or snowboarding, or longboard skateboarding.
the thing i do the most, for me, is the best. the thing i can do when i'm
60, and well, is the more better :>

www.flexdex.com for long board info :>