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    A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

    Without speaking, he picked up a large, empty mayonnaise jar and filled 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 it into the jar.
    He shook the jar lightly and 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.
    The sand filled the remaining gaps.

    He asked once more if the jar was full.
    The students responded with an 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, family,children, health, friends, and favorite passions Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

    The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and 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.

    So 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. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap.

    '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.

    If you like this check out The Last Lecture

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    I like the way your professor chose to represent prioritizing life, i had one in HS who used a similar effective method.. its important to keep these kind of ideals close to your consciousness.

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    That is a very old story, but now I'm kind of curious where it originated. I've heard it told in several different forms over the years.

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    I believe it was an illustration in Randy Pausch's book The Last Lecture. A link to his speech is included under the story.

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    if you haven't I encourage you to watch his speech in the link below the story. I believe it is well worth the hour it takes to watch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khaymen View Post
    I believe it was an illustration in Randy Pausch's book The Last Lecture. A link to his speech is included under the story.
    It might have been in the book, but I'm sure it didn't originate there.

    We lost an HCI guy that day, and it was very, very sad.

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    i know this is off topic on the off topic but concidering what we are where would padding fit in this mayo jar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kryxel View Post
    i know this is off topic on the off topic but concidering what we are where would padding fit in this mayo jar?
    It'd probably be mixed in with the sand.

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