Sunday, 10 May 2009

Two Glasses of Wine

  When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the
  mayonnaise jar and the 2 glasses of wine...
 
  A professor stood before his philosophy 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 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 the 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 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 once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous'yes.' The professor then
  produced two glasses of wine from under the table and poured 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 recognise that this jar represents your life.
  The golf balls are the important things; your  family, your children, your health, your friends, and your
  favourite passions; 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, and 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 golf balls.
   The same goes for life if you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff.
   Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical
   check-ups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18 holes. There will always be time to clean the house
   and fix the disposal.
   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 her hand and inquired what the wine 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 glasses of wine with a friend.'               
 

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2 comments:

Valerie, En Bonne Compagnie said...

Hi Hamish. That is just brilliant! Hope you don't mind if I copy it and forward it on - it's right up my family and friends' streets. Good to find your blog (via Jennifer's) too.

HamishWM said...

No worries, Valerie. Good to hear from you. I gather that the kitchen will be positively enhanced this coming Summer!