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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

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Philosophy: and useful at that!

I found this on this blog and I thought it was worth an entry...

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 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.

So 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 cans of beer 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 recognize that this jar represents your life.
The golf balls are the important things your family, your health, your children, your friends, your favorite 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, your cars.
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, 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 to dinner.
Play another 18.
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 beer represented.
The professor smiled.
"I am glad you asked, it just goes to show that no matter how full your life may seem, there is always room for a couple of beers!

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At 18:07, Blogger Minka said...

I tricked blogger! A little to late for Halloween, but still, pretty impressive. So from no won my entries might be accompanied with a pic. Until blogger gets its act together :)
I am so happy!

At 19:25, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very happy too that you got your life back! What did you do before you blogged? Talk to people?

At 21:43, Blogger Lisa Skvísa said...

Hey that's a nice story!

At 02:21, Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

I've heard that "story" before, but was very glad to see it again. It's timely for me.

Great photo, BUT, honey YOUR NAME IS ON IT! Your real name. Maybe you should remove it?

At 12:12, Blogger Minka said...

TLP, i know sweety...that my name is on there. But since blogger is not working I can´t take it out! :(
It is either blog with name or no blog at all...so I have decided to live on the edge for a couple of days.

At 13:32, Blogger Doug said...

I've heard before but without the beer. Nice touch,

At 01:51, Blogger karma said...

yea, i heard it before too. thanks for reminding me ... cheers!!! :))

At 09:19, Blogger Brooklyn Blowhard said...

Hi there, nice blog! Being Norwegian, it's great to see an Icelander blog.

At 23:21, Blogger Minka said...

just another blowhard: Welcome, but I am sorry to dissapoint. I am not Icelandic although I have live dhere for seven years! Tried to read your blog, but couldn´t enter.

At 01:34, Blogger Fred said...

Great stuff! I'm sure the folks who teach philosophy at school will like to read about this.

Your mom comments? How cool!

At 16:16, Blogger Minka said...

Fred, yeah we have a pez-kind of a relationship!!!

At 18:43, Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

Did you know that today (11-12-05) is Doug's birthday? Didn't see you over there.

At 03:44, Blogger curious servant said...

Cute. The beer twist was new to me.

At 03:59, Blogger Fred said...

Hey - the picture is gone!

At 12:46, Blogger Minka said...

Fred, the picture is gone because
it was only there so I could post through FLICKR. My blogger was down and I couldn´t post through it...
I really don´t know if this make sany sense. If you liked the picture, you can just go to my flickr account :)

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