Parable of the Jar

Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. Some make every minute count, while others fritter it away. The finiteness of our personal time creates a unique type of claustrophobia where time, rather than space, closes in. Job pressures, the expectations of others, and our own time mismanagement all contribute to “time anxiety.” How one views time and uses time determines his destination in life.

“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.” — Leonard Bernstein

“The longer you wait to decide what you want to do, the more time you’re wasting. It’s up to you to want something so badly that your passion shows through in your actions. Your actions, not your words, will do the shouting for you.” — Derek Jeter

“The less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in.” — Lord Chesterfield

“If you don’t choose to do it in leadership time up front, you do it in crisis management time down the road.” — Stephen Covey

Well, when life presents exciting new choices to consider or when life is hectic and seems almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two cups of coffee.

“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 cups 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 recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – God, 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. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house 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 coffee 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 cups of coffee with a friend.'”

— Source: Internet

Have some great time this week!

— CC

© Copyright July 2008, Clancy Cross. All rights reserved.
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