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NPC - Beer and Rocks - Words to Live By

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  • George R
    ***** I just came across one of the best little philosophy lessons I ve ever seen. Just had to share. A philosophy professor stood before his class with some
    Message 1 of 1 , May 7, 2003
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      ***** I just came across one of the best little philosophy
      lessons I've ever seen. Just had to share.

      A philosophy professor stood before his class with some
      items on the table in front of him. When the class began,
      wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise
      jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2" in
      diameter.

      He then asked his students if the jar was full. They all
      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, of course, rolled into the open
      areas between the rocks.

      He then asked the students again if the jar was full.
      Again, they agreed it was. The professor picked up a box
      of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand
      filled up everything else.

      He then 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
      proceeded to pour their 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 rocks are the important things - Your Partner, Your
      Children, Your Family, Your Health - 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 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 rocks. The same goes for your
      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 dancing. There will always be time
      to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix
      the disposal. Take care of the rocks 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'm glad you
      asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full
      your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of
      beers."

      ***** (Now, back to the sandbox!)



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      George
      ** N E Patriots ....
      Last AFC World Champions! **
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