Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Beer Anyone?

It is amazing how quickly time can get away from us.  We can easily get so caught up in our daily lives that the little things get swept under a rug.  

I must apologize to any of my readers out there who have been waiting for me to create another blog story.  I'm sorry I have failed in keeping a constant flow of words.  

However, life is so important when we have family.  I admit I set the blog aside to spend those precious moments with my children and husband.  I don't regret that time spent with them, but I want you to know that I haven't forgotten you.  

I recently came across this story (you might have heard it before).  Not only is it a life lesson to live by, but it has a great ending.  I loved it and thought of you.

A meteorology professor stood before his Meteorology 101 class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty glass 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 jar of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open spaces between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar and of course the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous yes.

The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and then proceeded to pour the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the grains of 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 partner, your health, your children, your friends, your favorite passions -- 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 golf balls. 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. Play another 18.

"There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal. 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. "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."

So I say, "Cheers to you in the New Year!  I hope each of you have a fantastic year ahead of you!"

Side note: I have to argue that from the beginning the jar was never empty.  This would be the educator and hopefully optimistic side of me speaking.  Air filled the jar.  You may look at air (invisible but still there) in any way you like.  Just keep in mind that your life is never empty.