An incredible life lesson.
I had to share this with you, this is one of my favorite stories and analogy of potential.
The Jar of Life.
One day an old professor, standing infront of his group of students, pulled out a large glass jar and gently placed it infront of him. Next, from under the table, he pulled out a bag of stones each the size of a small tennis ball. He carefully placed the stones one by one in the jar until the jar had no more room. Looking up at his students the professor asked, "Is this jar full?". The students amused looked back and sharply replied, "Yes".
The professor paused looking into the eyes of all his students. "Are you sure?" he replied. Once again, he reached under his table and pulled out a small bag of pebbles and poured the pebbles into the jar. He gently shook the jar until the pebbles evenly filled in the large gaps. Again, the professor looked up to his students and paused a little longer. "Now is the jar full?" he asks. His students, a little confused, muttered as if questioning, "Yes?"
The professor crouches a little lower this time, reaching further under his desk and pulls out a small bag of sand. He pours it into the busy jar. His students start chuckling. "Is the jar full?" asks the professor. The students immediately shout "YES!"
The professor pauses even longer this time and slowly reaches to his glass of water and pours it into the jar. His students, completely baffled, eagerly awaiting the next question. The professor stands tall and asks, "What can we learn from this?" The students, at this point, are out of answers.
"If we don't put all the larger stones in the jar first, we will never be able to fit them all in later." There was a stunned silence in the room as the students tried to process the professors mysterious words. The professor continues, "What are the large stones in your life? Life, health, family, friends? Your goals? Doing what you love? Fighting for a cause? Taking time for yourself? It's absolutely essential that we remember to put the larger stones first in our jar of life. If we don't then we are likely to miss out on life altogether. If we put the pebbles and sand in the jar first our jar of life will be filled up with less important things leaving little or no time for the things in our lives most important to us. Because of this never forget to ask yourself, what are the larger stones in life? And once you identify them be sure to put them in your jar first."
Key thought: If you spend all of your energy and focus on the small stuff you will never have the quality time for the things that are the most important. Stop taking the things that you have infront of you for granted. If the saying, "All good things must come to the end" is true, then make the good times great!
To great times,