Is your life jam-packed?

A professor of a university wanted to teach his students the value of time and priority. To the class, he brought an empty jar, few golf balls, a small bag of pebbles, sand and a bottle of beverage. He put the empty jar on the table and filled with golf balls. He then asked his students if its full? the students all said, “Yes!” Next, he grabbed the bag of pebbles and put them in the jar. The pebbles occupied the gaps in between the golf balls. He again asked the students if it’s full, to which the student said, Yes. He then took the sand, started to fill the jar. The grains of sand filled the rest of the gaps in the jar making it look like the jar can’t be filled anymore. Finally, he took the bottle of beverage and started pouring it into the jar. The sand observed all the liquid.

The professor turned to his students and said, “Imagine that the jar represents your life. All the golf balls are the important things, your family, siblings, your friends, your health and your passions. The pebbles are the other important stuff, your car, your job, your house. The sand is everything else, it’s just the small stuff. Now, if you put the sand in the jar first, you won’t have any room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same is true in life. If you spend your energy and time on the small stuff, you won’t have any time for the really important things that matter to you. Pay attention to things that are critical to your happiness. Take care of the golf balls first, the really important things. Set your priorities; because everything else is just sand.”

One of the students asked, “what does the beverage represent?” to which the professor said, “no matter how full your life may seem to be, there is always room for a couple of beverages with a friend.”


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