Back in the days of snail mail, I received the following story and had it taped up on my refrigerator for the longest time. Then came along email and the internet and the lesson got passed along some more. I no longer have the story taped up on my fridge and I have gotten this story probably hundreds of times now, but the lesson never gets old.
After a long time (at least a couple of years) of not seing it, it just happened to pop up on me again recently and guess what? I read it through again, and still felt it resonate…
Never sweat the small stuff Have a great week, everyone!
The Familiar Lesson
“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 jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2 inches in 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 open areas between the rocks. The students laughed.
The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled 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—anything that is so important to you that if they were lost, you would be nearly destroyed. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff.”
“If you put the sand into the jar first (which is what we often do), there is no room for the pebbles, and the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.”