Daar’s baie anekdotes wat dikwels per epos by ’n mens aangewaai kom. Baie daarvan is niks ander as junkmail nie, maar so nou en dan daag daar ene soos hierdie op wat die moeite werd is om nog ’n keer te lees.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and when the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large
and empty mayonnaise jar and start to fill it with golf balls. He then asked
the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

He then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the jar and shook it lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed.

He next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else .He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous, yes.

He then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

Now, said the professor, as the laughter subsided, I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - God, family, children, health, friends, and favourite passions. Things that if
everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff. But if you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. 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. So, 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. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor 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 coffee
with a friend.


Johann Voges

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