THANKSGIVING MEDITATION on LIFE & PRIORITIES

Our son, Jason, sent us a copy of this story; it seems very appropriate for Thanksgiving. We sincerely thank our guests for their loyal patronage & wish everyone a lifetime of blessings!


A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in
front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly 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 Beers 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—your family, your
children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and 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,’ 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.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend
time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with
grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There
will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

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 Beer represented.
The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just
shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always
room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

author unknown — happy to attribute if somebody knows

Carol & Gus, Innkeepers
Scarborough Inn
an Ocean City NJ Bed and Breakfast

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