Once ,a Professor displayed certain materials on his table.When the class began , wordlessly he picked up a very large glass jug and filled it with rocks,of about 2 inches in diameter.
He then asked the students whether the jug was full.They agreed that it was.The professor then picked up some pebbles and put them into the jug .He shook the jug lightly.The pebbles,of course,rolled into the open spaces between the bigger rocks.
He then asked the students again,whether the jug was full.They agreed it was.The professor picked up some sand and poured it into the jug.Of course,the sand filled up the jug.He then asked once more ,whether the jug was full.The students responded with a yes.
The professor then poured two cups of coffee into the jug,which were absorbed by the sand .The students laughed.As soon as the laughter subsided ,the professor continued “I want you to recognize that this jug represent your life.The rocks are important things –in your life –your family ,your partner,your health,your children-things that if everything else was lost and only they remained ,your life would still be almost 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 first into the jug first,there is no room for the pebbles or 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 truly importan to you.”
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.Play with your children .Take time to get maedical checkups.Take your partner out.There will always be time to go to work,clean the house ,give a dinner party.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 inquire what the coffee represented.The professor smiled .”I am glad you asked.It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem ,there’s always time for a cup of coffee with a friend!”