Thus, I thought this story is appropriate for today. Some of you may have read it before, but it's worth a second read. Sit back, open your mind and read on.
A philosophy professor stood before his class at the end of the year with a table full of somewhat odd items. He began class by filling up a very large, empty mason jar with rocks from a sack on the table. As he topped off the jar, with some rocks spilling over the side, he then asked the students if the jar was full. They all answered that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of small pebbles and poured them into the jar, shaking it lightly to allow the pebbles to meander into the open spaces between the rocks. He asked again if the jar was full. They again agreed it was, but some, sensing he wasn’t quite done, said “Well, not really.”
“And I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The big rocks are the important things: your family, your spiritual practice, your partner, your health, your friends, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still seem full.”
“Now think of this: If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life.
If you spend all your time, space and energy on the smaller stuff, you will never have room for the things that should truly matter to you.”
“There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, run errands, and fix the disposal.
Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
Remember, don't let things replace quality time with friends and family. This is supposed to be a joyous season where people come together, make amends, laugh, cry and reunite. Don't let your "to-do" list get in the way.