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Identifying the Golf Balls


Saturday, September 03, 2011



I am forever trying to juggle too many things in my life at the same time. I've believed it was terminal with no chance of a cure. Because of this, my successes are limited. Unable to devote my focus on a single task, all tasks suffer. It is time to reevaluate my process. Here is something that will help me to get my bearings.

I've seen this in numerous emails. I do not know the author.

A professor stood before his philosophy class with some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he 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.

So 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 an unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cans of beer 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, your favourite 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, 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. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner 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. "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 couple of beers."


Now, I'm off to identify which priorities are golf balls. Back soon.



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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BTWCOACH 9/10/2011 10:51PM

    This is great!!!! I'm going to steal it!!!! Hope you don't mind!


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NANHBH 9/9/2011 4:26PM

    Hmmm, I need to identify my golf balls, too! Thanks for this post!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/4/2011 5:17PM

    I love this blog LR! great thoughts for sure.

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RJ-CYCLES 9/4/2011 9:31AM

    Good stuff, thanks Leeann!

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