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Take Care of the Golf Balls

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 roll
ed 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 Beers
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, " want you to recognize that
this jar represents your life. The golf
balls are the important things - 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.
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.
Spend time with your children. Spend
time with your parents. Visit with
grandparents. Take your spouse out to
dinner. Play another ‘. There will
always be time to clean the house and
mow the lawn.
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 and said, Tm glad you
asked.' The Beer just shows you that no
matter how full your life may seem,
there' s always room for a couple of
Beers with a friend.
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#22 - srskate (07/03/2013) [-]
#101 to #22 - nymikemet (07/03/2013) [-]
Couldnt Resist.

Enlarge if you cant see it
User avatar #145 to #101 - folkflunky (07/03/2013) [-]
It's so stupid that is actually funny...
#155 to #101 - anon (07/03/2013) [-]
That reminds me. Whatever happened with that Reddit contest with Samuel L Jackson to say that or some stupid alarm ******** ?
User avatar #157 to #155 - digitroll (07/03/2013) [-]
don't mind me, just commenting on my own comment so I can check back later
#42 - lolzordz (07/03/2013) [-]
there are teachers like that in philosophy classes? mine just kept talking 			********		 about heidegger and other philosophers who only seemed to want to make things as complicated as possible rather than solve life's problems
there are teachers like that in philosophy classes? mine just kept talking ******** about heidegger and other philosophers who only seemed to want to make things as complicated as possible rather than solve life's problems
#105 to #42 - anon (07/03/2013) [-]
i bet youre american
#46 to #42 - XboxJunky (07/03/2013) [-]
I know he played an English teacher but I'm sure my point is valid.
User avatar #50 to #46 - EnergizierAnon (07/03/2013) [-]
oh captain my captain!
User avatar #52 to #50 - XboxJunky (07/03/2013) [-]
Carpe Diem.
#133 to #50 - anon (07/03/2013) [-]
Every time I see that I think of Ashley and Shepard getting it on.
#25 - infinitereaper (07/03/2013) [-]
My jar is empty and my dreams are dead.

But I have nothing to lose, and perhaps, everything to gain.

Maybe life isn't so much about what you have but how you look at things.
User avatar #27 to #25 - vatra (07/03/2013) [-]
My father confiscated my jar and threw it against a wall. Now I keep a fist full of a golf ball, some pebbles, and sand.
User avatar #28 to #27 - infinitereaper (07/03/2013) [-]
throw dad against the wall, take jar, eat sand
User avatar #29 to #28 - vatra (07/03/2013) [-]
Eh, I'll eventually glue my jar back together.
User avatar #30 to #29 - infinitereaper (07/03/2013) [-]
use sand to make new jar?
#65 - cptgigglepants (07/03/2013) [-]
Now, I will need that 10 pg paper on my desk tomorrow, no exceptions, no excuses. oh also don't forget we have an exam on Thursday, you miss it you fail..
#84 - granadablashlack (07/03/2013) [-]
But that knowledge is useless to Philosophy student, they will never have jobs!
But that knowledge is useless to Philosophy student, they will never have jobs!
User avatar #127 to #84 - afuckingtree (07/03/2013) [-]
If anything, that knowledge is the only thing that will keep them going
#115 - sirfisticuffs (07/03/2013) [-]
MFW title
MFW title
#136 to #115 - mynameiskeanu ONLINE (07/03/2013) [-]
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#23 - Muppetz (07/03/2013) [-]
My degree in a nutshell.
User avatar #70 - nimblewalrus (07/03/2013) [-]
If you fill the jar with beer, you have no worries. Except when you run out of beer.
#72 - WutzATroll (07/03/2013) [-]
My wife stood before me with some items in front of her. Without a word, she emptied a large jar of mayonnaise and proceeded to fill the empty jar with rocks right to the top, rocks about 2" diameter, then asked me if the jar was full. I agreed that it was.

She then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them in to the jar. She shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. My wife then asked me if the jar was now full. I agreed that, yes, it was.

She then poured a bag of sand into the jar with the result that the sand filled up the remaining spaces between the rocks and pebbles.

"Now," said my wife, "I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things - your family, your wife who loves you, your health, your children - anything that is so important to you that if it were lost, you would be nearly destroyed. The pebbles are the other things in life that matter, but on a smaller scale. The pebbles represent things like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff. Your X-box, football, the pub, porn. If you put the sand or the pebbles first, there is no room for the rocks. The same goes for your life.

If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, material things, you will never have room for the things that are truly most important."

I was dumbfounded.
Where was she going to get more mayonnaise from for my sandwich?
#137 - naruchu (07/03/2013) [-]
Good story that made me day better.
#33 - lyokomaster (07/03/2013) [-]
Beautiful professor, beautiful
User avatar #54 - pompladouche (07/03/2013) [-]
this is seriously ******* old. Really really ******* old. I graduated in 91 and someone gave this speech at my commencement ceremony
#7 - johnpish (07/03/2013) [-]
I love this, But how freaking large was this mayonnaise jar, Because a typical large jar is 30 or 32 oz
and 2 beers would be 24 oz, or more depending.
i dont see how you would be able to get the beer in there with everything else
User avatar #34 to #7 - psykobear (07/03/2013) [-]
It was probably one of the industrial ones kitchens use.
#114 - nortledrones (07/03/2013) [-]
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The beers represent how much you will be drinking after you realize that they're no jobs for philosophy majors.
User avatar #141 to #114 - Pootering (07/03/2013) [-]
*there are
User avatar #130 to #114 - natanhiel (07/03/2013) [-]
Except philosophy teacher
#61 - othdaddy (07/03/2013) [-]
for some reason i assumed there was still mayonnaise in the jar...i forgot how to brain.
User avatar #73 - ruebezahl (07/03/2013) [-]
Play another 18? That's one of the "things that really matter"? On one level with spending time with your family? Interesting priorities!
User avatar #98 to #73 - theshadowed ONLINE (07/03/2013) [-]
Yes, I would say it was. Whats the point in just catering to everyone else if you keep no time for you
User avatar #75 to #73 - sketchE ONLINE (07/03/2013) [-]
self is one of the most important things in the world. if you dont do things for yourself once in a while everything else is meaningless. golf can be a stress relief for some and could help relieve tension so he doesnt release tension in a negative or violent way
User avatar #85 to #75 - ruebezahl (07/03/2013) [-]
Dude "plays another 18" today. Gets struck by lightning tomorrow. There is no trace left behind by all those great drives and putts.

Dude spends quality time with his children today. Gets struck by lightning tomorrow. His children will still remember him in 50 years and will tell their children and grandchildren about him.

Yes, that is how important "self" is.
User avatar #174 to #85 - sketchE ONLINE (07/03/2013) [-]
dude spends quality time with his kids at an amusement park. gets hit by car walking in the parking lot and dies.

guy spent time with his children every day of the week and one day decides to focus on himself once or twice a month. hes a more calm and loving father the rest of the time as a result.

it goes both ways. some people spend all their time focusing on how stressed they are and not relieving it so they suffer in other aspects of their life. my girlfriend is just like this. shes so focused on school and work and making her family happy that she doesnt take time for herself and feels like shes under constant pressure
User avatar #77 to #75 - sheperdofthestars (07/03/2013) [-]
^This ************ gets it. If you can take care of yourself, how can you take care of anyone else in your life?
User avatar #104 - extooso (07/03/2013) [-]
But who says that life has a limmited amount of space?
User avatar #107 to #104 - thebritishguy (07/03/2013) [-]
there's a time limit
User avatar #53 - tkuja (07/03/2013) [-]
what if the seemingly small things are important to you
#67 to #53 - godleftmefordead (07/03/2013) [-]
Then they're not small things.
The estructure remains, the value of the variables is personal.
User avatar #68 to #67 - tkuja (07/03/2013) [-]
suppose so
#40 - anon (07/03/2013) [-]
I was thinking just yesterday how I wanted to read this again.
User avatar #5 - sepheroth (07/02/2013) [-]
As a man currently with a PBR in hand, I like this.
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