Don’t you wish you had a built in DVR?
By Jeff Earlywine
It has been over thirty years now since I graduated from high school. In my high school days I loved to play football, and I loved winning. In my junior year of high school I got to do both, in fact (if I may brag a bit) we won the State of Florida 4-A state championship. Okay… back to the present. One of my loves now is going to high school football games. I have season tickets and sit on the fifty yard line – yep you would find me at the stadium cheering on my Indians most every Friday night.
Well… during an exciting game a big play happened and I missed it. I reached for my remote to hit rewind and realized that it was live. There was no DVR, no rewind, no seeing the play again. I had missed it. At that moment I began thinking how life is much like this. We do get “do overs” but we can’t rewind – our life does not have a DVR. So what do you do so you don’t miss out on the most important things in life? You can make the best decisions possible and don’t let yourself get distracted but there is something else that is needed. That little secret is keeping your priorities in line. Below is an illustration just how to do that in your personal and professional life.
A professor of philosophy stood before his class with some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks about two inches in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was full.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly and watched as the pebbles rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The professor then asked the students again if the jar was full.
They chuckled and agreed that it was indeed full this time.
The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled the remaining open areas of the jar. “Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar signifies your life – both personally and professionally. The rocks are the truly important things, such as family, health and relationships. If all else was lost and only the rocks remained, your life would still be meaningful. The pebbles are the other things that matter in your life, such as work or school. The sand signifies the remaining “small stuff” and material possessions.
If you put sand into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks or the pebbles. The same can be applied to your lives. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are truly important.
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