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The sand in our life

When life is almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember …

A wise man had some items in front of him. Wordlessly, he picked up a large, empty jar and proceeded to fill it with small stones. He then asked his followers if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the wise man picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the small stones. He then asked his followers again if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The wise man next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. His followers responded, “Yes.”

The wise man then produced two cups of hot chocolate and poured them into the jar, filling the empty space between the sand. His followers laughed.

“Now,” said the wise man, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The stones are the important things — your God, your family, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions — 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, and your car. The sand is everything else — the small stuff.

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the stones. The same goes for 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 to dinner. Find another geocache. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the stones first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of his followers raised her hand and asked what the hot chocolate represented.

The wise man smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a cup of hot chocolate with a friend.”


Written by Michael

07 Feb 2005 at 224pm

Posted in Misc.

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  1. Very nice reminder for everyone…


    07 Feb 2005 at 820pm

  2. You are totally so sweet! 🙂


    08 Feb 2005 at 838am

  3. great message! I am going to hang it on our fridge!


    08 Feb 2005 at 920am

  4. Thanks Mike for the reminder. Life is too short. Much love to you and donna and of course Little Matt.

    Aunt Debbie

    08 Feb 2005 at 240pm

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