THIS PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR WAS BLOWN AWAY BY HIS STUDENT

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Everybody can learn something from anybody else, but this professor never saw it coming.

This (unnamed) philosophy professor got up to make an important point. He had 4 objects intended to make a point.

The first was a mayonnaise jar. The second was a baggie of sand. The third was a small bucket of stones. The fourth was a bowl of pebbles.

When the class began, silently she picked up the large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with stones.

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.

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He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They again agreed it was.

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 – 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 check-ups.

Take your partner out dancing.

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

Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter.

Set your priorities.

The rest is just sand.

But then…

A student (from Texas, obviously) stood up and declared that the jar wasn’t actually full. He then asked the professor if he could demonstrate. The professor gave him a quizzical look, but agreed. The student then took the jar which the other students and the professor 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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