Philosophy 101

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Postby laura l » Thu Apr 03, 2003 7:06 am

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had
some items in front of him. When the class began,
wordlessly he picked up a very large and 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 lightly. The
pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between
the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar
was full. They agreed it was. The professor picked up
a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course,
the sand filled up everything else. He then asked once
more if the jar was full. The students responded with
an unanimous yes. The professor then produced two cans
of beer from under the table and proceeded to pour 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 rocks are the important things; your family,
your partner, your health, 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 time to
get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing.
There will always be time to go to work, clean the
house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal. "Take
care of the rocks 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. "I'm glad
you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how
full your life may seem, there's always room for a
couple of beers."

That's how we live in Scotland!!
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Postby Claire » Sun Apr 06, 2003 6:15 am

I like that! :lol: Is it cold now in Scotland?

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Postby Orli » Mon Apr 07, 2003 7:39 pm

I have heard that before. that is soo true. That is even more true now. We need to step back from our lives and see what really matters. Ask your self "Will this really be relavent 10 years from now, will it make that much of a difference?) I hope you guys are all doing good and take the time to really see waht matters in your lives.

(yeah i know corny, but i mean it)

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