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Spending onself to become rich

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is only by spending oneself that one becomes rich - Sarah Bernhardt

The Jar of Life

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full, and 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 spaces between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full – they agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course the sand filled everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students replied with an exasperated “Yes!”

The professor produced a cup of coffee 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 recognise that this represents your life”.

The golf balls are the large, the important things – your family, your children, your faith, your health, your friends and your favourite passions. Things that, if everything else was lost and only they remained, would still leave you feeling your life was full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter – your job, your home, your car.

The sand is everything else-“the small stuff”. If you put sand into the jar first, 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. Play with your children. Take time to get medical check-ups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18 holes.

There will always be time to clean the house – fix the cupboard- etc.!!!!

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 enquired what the coffee represented.
The professor smiled. “I’m so glad you asked!”

“It just goes to show that no matter how full your life may seem, there is always room for a cup of coffee with a friend!”

- Adapted from “Sam’s Letters to Jennifer” by James Patterson.



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