Thursday, September 27, 2007

A Worthy Excercise

My Hubby Teacher does this with his students, I think he is brilliant:) enjoy!

A 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 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. Again 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 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---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. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Work hard, play hard. 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."


MY FAVORITE PART:
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, "I'm glad you asked. The coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

8 comments:

To Be Continued... said...

thanks gina,, you are so encouraging, full of wisdom girl. you have really made me think a lot this week, i've got some reconciling to do, i don't just have a jar full of sand.

Sewing Up A Storm said...

What a great story! It so true too as we really need to put the important things in our life first. The small things have their place as well. Guess there is room for lots of things in that jar as long as you put them in there in the order.

Penny Bubar said...

Wow Gina - going to print this off & show it to anyone who will listen (read) - if that's ok (won't do so until I have your ok). I can't remember, what exactly does your hubby teach that he was able to inject this into his lecture? Stuff like this could be life changing for his students.

Randi said...

That is beautiful, Gina! It made me cry!

DearGina said...

Walt teaches Business Technology, life skills,and is the ROP Director... gets them ready for the REAL world. Perfect fit for him as he loves philosphy:)
He has many of these excercises, like Lifeboat, personality tests...etc.. stuff that makes ya go HUMMMMMMMM He is a truly dedicated Teacher(totally unbias here) Glad everyone is enjoying!

DearGina said...

PS: Sure, print and Share Penny, spread the truth:)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Walt, so....does this mean you have time to fly to Montreal for a cup or two?

Doc said...

I love that exercise...I haven't used that one in my classroom yet...but I just might! It is a great mix of life lesson, food for thought, and a carry it with you kind of impression. WTG Walt!

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