A Matter of Space
Author Unknown--Submitted by Sarah Domenech
A philosophy professor stood before his class and had
some items in front of him. When class began, wordlessly he
picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with
rocks right to the top, rocks about 2" diameter.
He, then, asked the students if the jar was full. They
agreed that it was. The professor picked up a box of
pebbles and poured them in to the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles,
of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The students laughed.
He asked his students again if the jar was full.
They agreed that yes, it was. The professor then picked up a box
of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything
"Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognize that
this is your life. The rocks are the important things - your family,
your husband/wife, your health, your children - anything that is so important
to you that if it were lost, you would be nearly destroyed.
"The pebbles are the other things in life that matter,
but on a smaller scale. The pebbles represent things like your job,
your house, your car.
"The sand is everything else, the small stuff. If you
put the sand or the pebbles into the jar first, there is no room for the
"The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy
and time on the small stuff, material things, you will never have room
for the things that are truly most important. Pay attention to the
things that are critical in your life. . Play with your children.
Take your wife/husband 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 pebbles and sand."
Note by the editor: The most important thing in life is
our Father God. The development of a genuine, positive relationship with
Him is the largest rock.
Edited by Daysounds