A professor stood before his Philosophy class with some items on his desk. When the class began, he picked up a large, empty mayonnaise jar and filled it with golf balls. He asked the students if it was full and they agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He asked the students if it was full and they agreed that it was.
The professor next poured a box of sand into the jar and it filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full and the students responded with a unanimous “Yes”.
The professor then produced two glasses of wine from under the table and poured the wine into the jar, filling up the spaces between the sand. The students laughed.
“Now,” the professor said, “I want you to realize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things…family, health, friends and passions; things that if everything else was lost, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and car. The sand is everything else…the small stuff. If you put the sand in first, there is no room for the pebbles or golf balls. The same is true for your life. If you spend all your time on the small stuff, there will not be time for the important things.”
“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness...your family, your health, your friends. Play golf, go to dinner, take one more run down the ski slope. There will always be time to clean the house or mow the lawn. Take care of the things that really matter first. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
One of the students asked what the wine represented. The professor replied, "I am glad you asked. It just goes to show that no matter how full your life may seem, there is always room for a couple of glasses of wine with a friend.”
In our house, we always make time for a couple (or more) glasses of wine with family, friends and, often times, strangers.