Being “Granny Ali” to Amelia these past three years has made me stop and think about what’s important in life. At the beginning of the New Year it’s very easy to say we are going to do X, Y, or Z with all good intentions but work or life in general sometimes gets in the way and we lose focus on what we promised ourselves we were going to achieve.
There was an interesting survey shown on the TV whereby a firm was told that they would only work a 6 hour day (instead of working 8, 9, 10 hours plus) and eating at your desk wasn’t an option. You had to have a lunch break away from your desk. Shock horror – how would they be able to get through all the work!!! Well they did! Family time was improved, they were more energized and more productive. I think there is a time when we have to say no and look at what is important for our wellbeing and our families.
With this in mind, I thought you might like this little story that I read a while ago. It goes like this:
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into a jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked the students if the jar was full. The students said yes.
The professor then produced two bottles of beer from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively tining the entire space between the sand. The students laughed.
“Now”, said the professor as the laughter died down, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – your family, your children, your friends, your passions – and if everything 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 there is no room for the pebbles or golf balls. The same goes for life. If you Spend all your time 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 you – happiness and well being. Spend time with your children, your parents, your grandparents. Take your loved one out for a meal. Have another game of golf/football. Were will always be time to clean the house and cut the grass.
Take care of the golf balls first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
One of the students raised his hand and enquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled and said, the beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend.”
Food for thought, I thought!
With blessings to you all,