February 16, 2018: The Chinese New Year of the Dog

Eleven days until 2018! The Chinese New Year of the Dog lands on February 16, 2018. My theme and perspective for 2018 is returning to the essentials and the basics. The Jar of Life illustrates perfectly my theme for 2018.

The Jar of LifeFrom "Balanced Action" by Philipp Schneider. https://balancedaction.me/2012/10/17/the-jar-of-life-first-things-first/.

I hope you'll reconsider these essentials in your life and treat them similarly as the golf balls from the Jar of Life.

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar. He then proceeded to fill the jar with golf balls. 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 areas between the golf balls. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course the sand filled up all the space left. The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the entire content into the jar, filling the empty space between the sand. Everyone laughed.

“I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things. Your family, your children, health, friends and favorite passions. 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 or car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first, 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 critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit your grandparents. Take your spouse out for dinner. Go out with your friends. 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: “I am glad you asked. The beer just shows that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend.”

– Author Unknown

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