A great English professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. Everyone noted what he has. When the class begins, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.
He then asked his students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was fulfilled
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles he have and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar slightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas in between the rocks.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was fulfilled
The professor picked up a box of sand then, again poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand get filled up the remaining open areas of the jar.
He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes Sir”
“Now,” the professor stated, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your own life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, and 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 your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, or fix the disposal.”
“Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”