I first joined my company a wise old veteran of the company gave
me the best advise that I've ever received. While explaining the
balance and priorities between family life and working 25 hours
a day for 8 days a week, he picked up an empty jar and filled
it full of small rocks. He then asked me if the jar was full?
I agreed that it was.
then poured a box of small pebbles into the jar, shook it lightly
and the pebbles rolled between the gaps in the rocks. Again, he
asked me if the jar was full. I agreed that it was now full.
then picked up a box of sand and poured the sand into the jar.
Of course, with a little shake it filled the gaps between the
rocks and pebbles.
"Now" he said, "the jar is full and I'd like you
to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important
things - your family, your partner, your health, your children.
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 and your car. The sand is
everything else - the small stuff. If you put the sand into the
jar first, there would be no room for the pebbles or the rocks.
The same goes for your life. If you spend all of your time and
energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things
that really matter. Pay attention to the things that are critical
to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time for medical
check-ups. Take your partner dancing. There will always be time
to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the
car. Take care of the rocks first - set your priorities. The rest
is just sand."
I was quite moved and impressed, but there had to me more to it.
So I took my can of beer and poured it into the jar. The beer
soaked into the sand and made the jar truly full.
moral of this tale, no matter how full your life is, there's always
room for BEER.