Someone sent me this, intending, perhaps, to teach me an important lesson. I thought I'd share it with you, too:

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks about 2" in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full. 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 slightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The students laughed. The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled 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 - anything that is so important to you that if it were lost, you would be nearly destroyed. 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, there is no room for the pebbles and the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you..."

"Take care of the rocks first -- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

I think it's important to point out that only *you* can decide what in your life is a rock, and what is sand. Perhaps you'll make different choices than someone else might make, but they're still your choices.


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Q: Lesson learned from my former boss, about 4 years ago. For example, whenever I needed an afternoon to take care of a family issue (school play, doctor, etc), he would say earnestly, "Absolutely...you've got to take care of your Big Rocks." Great boss, great lesson. Thanks for the reminder.
-- by davidmsc
06.09.2001 at 08:28am

that's a very interesting philosophical thesis... at least it makes you think...
by the way: as always your pictures are great!!!

-- by Winddancer
05.31.2001 at 05:43pm

I've always known that you're the type of person to spend the most energy on the important things in your life. Whatever those things may be, they are important to you and that's what matters MOST and makes you who you are...A Special Person! Thank you for sharing.
-- by Jami
05.31.2001 at 01:33pm