[Jokes] Room for Beer?

Justin Mitchell arthur at sucs.swan.ac.uk
Fri Jun 8 16:07:59 BST 2001

Rocks: a meaning for life

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front
of him.

When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar
and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2" 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
gaps between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The students 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 recognise that this is your life.

The rocks are the important things - your family, your partner, your
health, your children - things that 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,
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 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.  Play with your children.  Take time to get medical
checkups. Take your partner out dancing.

There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner
party and fix the car."

"Take care of the rocks first - the things that really matter.  Set
your priorities.  The rest is just sand."

Just then, a student took the jar which the other students and the
professor had agreed was full, and proceeded to pour in a glass of beer.  Of
course the beer filled the remaining spaces within the jar making the jar
truly full.

The moral of this tale is: that no matter how full your life is, there
is always room for BEER

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