Thursday, July 21, 2011
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise
jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.
The professor then 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 golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full.
They agreed it was.
The professor 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 a unanimous 'yes....'
The professor then produced two Beers 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---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and 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 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.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Spend time with your children..
Spend time with your parents.
Visit with grandparents.
Take your spouse out to dinner.
Play another 18.
There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.
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 Beer represented.
The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'
The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always
room for a couple of Beers with a friend.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
If you don't know GOD, don't make stupid remarks!!!!!!
A United States Marine was taking some college courses
between assignments. He had completed 20 missions in Iraq
and Afghanistan . One of the courses had a professor who
was an avowed atheist.
One day the professor shocked the class when he came in.
He looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, "GOD, if you are real, then
I want you to knock me off this platform...
I'll give you exactly 15 min."
The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. Ten minutes
went by and the professor proclaimed, "Here I am GOD, I'm still waiting."
It got down to the last couple of minutes when the Marine got
out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him;
knocking him off the platform. The professor was out cold.
The Marine went back to his seat and sat there, silently.
The other students were shocked and stunned, and sat there
looking on in silence. The professor eventually came to,
noticeably shaken, looked at the
Marine and asked,
"What in the world is the matter with you? Why did you do that?"
The Marine calmly replied,
"GOD was too busy today protecting America 's
soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid
crap and act like an idiot. So He sent me."
The classroom erupted in cheers!
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Is it better to set an ultimate weight goal or set intermediate shorter term goals?
When starting my Sparkpeople adventure in January 2011 my motivation was a work version of The Biggest Loser. I had been wanting to lose weight but lacked the motivation. I set a mental goal of 10% weight loss for the contest - starting at 266 lbs, 26 pounds in 12 weeks seemed reachable. However, setting that goal on my Sparkpage seemed trivial. My ultimate goal is about 200 lbs What! Lose 66 lbs how can I do that? How long will that take? NO WAY! Instead, I set a goal of 220 lbs by June. This still didn't appear achievable but What the Heck - lets be aggressive.
I set my little tracker icon as the turtle thinking this will take a long time.
Every week I reluctantly weighed in and was tracked by the group. To my amazement, I was losing a few lbs per week. My little turtle was moving. At week 10 I stepped on the scale and realized I was 240 lbs - I reached my 10%! I didn't care about the contest but in the weekly email I was in first place. How did that happen? We had the final weigh in Thursday - 230 lbs. Yes, I did win the contest, and as I'm the manager, everyone had a great time calling me the "Biggest Loser". (I loved it) I credit Sparkpeople.com, it kept my focus. I am also happy to report our entire team lost a total of 321 lbs and have asked if we can continue the program.
I am now 6 weeks from my 220 lbs goal with only 10 lbs to go. BUT, Do I continue toward my June goal or reset my goal to my ultimate weight of 200 lbs by September?
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