If things get more and more difficult in your life when 24 hours a day is not enough, remember the "flower pot and the beer". A little anecdote about the important things in life.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some objects in front of him. As the lesson began, he wordlessly picked up a very large flower pot and began to fill it with golf balls. He asked the students if the pot was full. They affirmed it.
Then the professor took a container of small pebbles and poured them into the pot. He moved the pot gently and the pebbles rolled into the voids between the golf balls. Then he asked the students again if the pot was full. They agreed.
The professor next took a can of sand and poured it into the pot. Of course, the sand filled the smallest remaining space. He again asked if the pot was full. The students unanimously answered "yes."
Then the professor produced two cans of beer under the table and poured all the contents into the pot, filling the last space between the grains of sand. The students laughed.
The lesson from history
"Well, " the professor said as the laughter slowly faded, "I want you to see this pot as the representation of your life.
The golf balls are the important things in your life: your family, your children, your health, your friends, the favorite, even passionate aspects of your life, which, if all else is lost in your life and only those would remain, still your life would still be filled.
The pebbles symbolize the other things in life like your work, your house, your car. The sand is everything else, the little things. If you put the sand in the pot first, "the professor continued, " there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for your life.
- If you invest all your time and energy in small things, you will never have room for the important things.
- Pay attention to the things that endanger your happiness.
- Play with the kids. Take your time for a medical examination. Guide your partner to dinner. There will still be time to clean the house or do duties.
- First, look for the golf balls, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand. "
And the beer?
One of the students raised his hand and wanted to know what the beer should represent. The professor smirked, "I'm glad you asked that, it's here to show you that no matter how difficult your life may be, there's always room for a beer or two."