When we think about classifying things in our lives in this manner, we often tend to get selfish. We give priority to things that provide us material benefits.
Do you want to know what the professor did?
Keep reading to find out!
The professor brought an empty mayonnaise jar in the class.
He threw in a few large rocks into the jar first of all.
“Is the jar full?” asked the professor.
“Yes,” the class replied unanimously.
He opened the jar again and threw in a handful of pebbles.
The pebbles rolled around in the jar and filled what little space had been left out by the rocks.
He asked the class one more time, “Is the jar full?”
They answered unanimously once more, “Yes!”
The professor opened the jar for the third time and threw in a box full of sand into it. The sand filled the remaining areas of the jar.
“Is the jar full?” he asked his class for the third time
He was again met with a yes for the third time.
The professor explained this experiment in the following words.
“You must understand that this jar represents your life. The most valuable things in life are the ones that you started out with. The big rocks! They are your family, your partner, your health and your children. Even if you lost everything else, your life would still be full because they would complete it. The pebbles come after the rocks. Pebbles represent other important things, your job, money, accomplishments etc. They are essential but you can do without them or with a lack of them. Everything else that you encounter in your life is sand.”
The professor continued, “If you change this sequence and allow the sand to go into the jar first, you will leave no room for the rocks or the pebbles. It will make up your entire life and it is nothing compared to the value of the rocks!”
He explained to his class that the most valuable thing in our life on this earth is the family that we have been given by God.
Sometimes, we give it the least priority. We make our families wait for us, while in fact, it should be the other way around!
Work can wait; throwing a dinner party can wait or cleaning up the house can wait.
However, spending the last moments of your parents’ life with them, at their bedside can’t wait. Welcoming your first child into this world in your own arms, can’t wait. Walking your daughter down the aisle can’t wait!
Moral: Always identify things and people that matter the most in your life!
Find the most valuable thing on earth for you and cherish it above all!
A Selection of Family Quotes
“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” ~ Earl Nightingale
“The most important thing in the world is family and love.” ~ John Wooden
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” ~ Desmond Tutu
“Family is a unique gift that needs to be appreciated and treasured, even when they’re driving you crazy. As much as they make you mad, interrupt you, annoy you, curse at you, try to control you, these are the people who know you the best and who love you.” ~ Jenna Morasca
“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” ~ David Ogden Stiers
“You go through life wondering what is it all about but at the end of the day it’s all about family.” ~ Rod Stewart
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