We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.
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My wife sent me an email with a powerful video that illustrated an important truth about life. I had received it before, but for some reason it didn’t strike me with the same impact it did today. I’m going to add slightly to what the video said, but this is basically how it went.
A philosophy professor stood in front of his class the first day holding a large, empty pickle jar.
Next, he produced a number of golf balls and began putting them into the jar until it would hold no more.
He then asked the class if the jar was full. They all agreed it was.
He reached down and brought up a container of pebbles and began dropping them into the jar. The pebbles worked their way into the empty spaces among the golf balls.
When he could get no more pebbles into the jar, he held it up and asked again if it was full. Again, the class agreed that it was.
Next, he produced a container of sand and began pouring it into the jar. Of course, the sand worked its way into spaces between pebbles.
Once again, he asked the class if the jar was full. This time, they were sure he couldn’t get anything else into the jar.
To everyone’s surprise, he pulled a jar of chocolate milk out of his desk drawer and poured it into the jar. It worked its way through the sand, the pebbles and the golf balls and began filling the jar.
Then he told them this represented their lives. The golf balls represented the most important things in life: one’s relationship with God, one’s spouse, one’s family, one’s friends, and one’s health. Like the golf balls, these must come first in our lives.
The pebbles represent the next most important things that matter, such as your job, your home and your car. These must fill in after the more important things.
The sand is the small stuff. He explained the importance of putting the items in the jar in the right order. If he’d put the pebbles in first, there would have been no room for the golf balls. If he’d put in the sand first, there would have been no room for either the golf balls or the pebbles.
As with his illustration, if we fill our lives with sand or pebbles, we won’t have room left for the golf balls. The most important things in our lives will be overlooked in our pursuit of less important things.
When he finished his explanation, one student raised his hand and asked what the significance of the chocolate milk was. A huge grin crept over the professor’s face as he answered.
“No matter how busy you are, there’s always room for chocolate.” From what I see on Twitter profiles, I think most of my writer friends would agree with this last statement.
How about your life? Do you fill it with golf balls first, or do you let the pebbles and the sand get in the way?
Illustrations courtesy of morguefile.com.
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