Life’s Most Important Things

Source: Bulletin Today, September 16, 2007 Issue; Written by BEL R. SAN LUIS, SVD;

A PHILOSOPHY professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him.

When class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks right to the top, rocks about two inches in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full.

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They 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. The students laughed.

He asked his students again if the jar was full. They agreed that yes, it was.

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The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. “Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this is your life.”

The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, and your children – anything that is so important to you that if it were lost, you would be nearly destroyed.

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The pebbles are the other things in life that matter, but on a smaller scale. The pebbles represent things like your job, house, or car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff.

If you put the sand or the pebbles in to the jar first, there is no room for the rocks. The same goes for your life.

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If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are truly most important.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar.

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Pay attention to the things that are critical in your life. Have time for God and your family. Take time to get medical checkups. Don’t be selfish. Reach out to your less fortunate brethren. You’ll be surprised how your good deeds will return to you – if not now, sometime later.

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