We are all connected through a global community. In this fast-paced, fast-changing world we sometimes to get caught up in things that seem important, but which are actually just blocking our mind and heart from what really is important. Social technology is changing how we meet new people and interact with friends and family. It’s easy to get so caught up in technology that we forget the social part.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly 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 Beers 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 children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and 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 you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.
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 and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.
This site is my couple of beers with my friends. It includes several independent blogs authored by me and are accessible via links under the “Links To All My Blogs” heading in the right sidebar of this (the main) blog.
- “Pogi” – [this] The home blog has my opinions on whatever I want to give it on, along with things that just don’t fit any of my other blogs.
- Lifelong Learning – Adult education & retirement oriented.
- My Travel – Places I have been and Places I would like to go to.
- Chicago My hometown
- History & Culture – Historical events and people; ways and customs of the world.
- Cars & Racing – My thoughts on cars and racing.
- Religion – My religious side.
- Technology History & Culture A personal study of technology.
- St. Peter’s Ushers An Usher blog for my Church
Each blog touches on a different one of my interests. All the blogs are tied to the home blog (this one) via a link in the Right Sidebar under the “About” heading. Each individual blog can be followed via email through a link on the right sidebar. You don’t have to follow all unless you want to.
This is a personal web-site. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of any other person, company, industry or business. The views expressed by the authors of comments I choose to show on this website (blogs, Facebook & G+) do not necessarily reflect the views of the author of this website, or those who link to it.
In addition, my thoughts and opinions change from time to time…I consider this a necessary consequence of having an open mind. This website is intended to provide a point in time snapshot and manifestation of the various thoughts running around my head, and as such any thoughts and opinions expressed within out-of-date posts may not the same, nor even similar, to those I may hold today.
Also, just in case I say something stupid, the stupidity is mine, and mine alone. You cannot have it!