Sisters For Sunshine

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Life as a jar

on December 7, 2012

“A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2 inches in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was and laughed.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. “Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, 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 that matter, like your job, your house, your 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 rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy and time 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. Play with your children. Take care of your body. Take your partner out dancing. Talk to your teenager. Show the love you feel for the people you care about. Take care of the rocks first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.” -Author Unknown

Life is like a jar – it must be filled well in order to turn out beautiful. If our life was looked at like a jar, how would we fill it? What are our rocks? What are the petty things that end up getting our attention?

May we re-evaluate our life and see if we are focusing on the rocks. Life is about living fully, living for God and for our loved ones. Let’s be free of the little things that bug us and embrace the good. Let’s fill our jar of life with beautiful, meaningful things.


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