Just before I set up my philosophy blog, I was enlightened by a fantastic bit of philosophy. I thought it was so good that I posted it out of place on my technology blog, you can find it by going to my A Bit of Philosophy article.
Now that I have a philosophy blog, I thought that it was only appropriate to re-post the article here. The article went a bit like this…
“A professor stood before his philosophy class with some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up an empty jar and started to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly and the pebbles rolled into the open areas between golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked yet again if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes”.
The professor then produced a cup of tea from under the table and poured it into the jar, filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities right. The rest is just sand.”
One of the students raised there hand and inquired what the tea represented.
The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always time for a cup of tea!”
So there you have it, prioritise for your golf balls, they are the most important, also dedicate some time to your pebbles, and finally look after your sand, but if you loose some sand you are still full, and can easily gain it back – unlike golf balls which are much harder to attain!
Thanks for reading, I hope I have given you some food for thought.
Good luck looking after your golf balls!”
So, as I am sure you can see, it really was a very worthwhile bit of philosophy!