The Empty Pickle Jar

pickle jar

I love reading stories, especially those that have a lesson in life. As I was clearing out some of the old articles that I no longer needed I stumbled upon a lovely story that I had been given to read a few years back. It was hand written and I honestly do not know the author but thankful for the lesson. It is a lovely life lesson and would love to share it with you today. Here goes.

A professor stood before his philosophy class holding a large and empty pickle jar. When the class begun, he proceeded to fill the jar with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and then poured them into the jar. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He asked the class again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it in the jar. Off course, the sand filled up the space left. He asked once more if the jar was full. They responded yet again “yes”.

The professor then produced a bottle of chocolate milk from under the table and poured it into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students this time round just laughed.

“Now” said the professor “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are important things: your family, children, health and friends.

The pebble are other things that matter: your job, your home and car.

The sand is everything else: the small stuff.

If you put the sand into the jar first there will be 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 make you happy.

Play with your children, get regular checkups, and enjoy dinner with friends and family. There will always be time to clean the house.

Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matters. Set up priorities, the rest is just sand.”

One student asked “What about the chocolate milk?” The professor responded “No matter how full your life may seem, there is always room for chocolate.”



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