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The most important things in your life

Updated on August 29, 2012

A Philosophy Teacher was standing before his students with few things on table in front of him, without saying anything he picked empty and very large mayonnaise jar. He started filling it with stones, about 2 inches on diameter

Then he asked… if the jar was full. They all said yeah it’s full

Then the teacher took pebbles box to poured them in the same jar. He shook lightly to fill the jar. The pebbles, rolled between the spaces within the jar.

Again the teacher asked the same question to all students, and they all agreed by saying yes the jar is now full.

The teacher picked one more box that was filled with sand and poured it into the same all, the sand filled up in the remained space.

Once more he asked again the same question, if the jar was full and got the reply in a strong voice in “Yes”.

“Now”, the teacher said….

“I want you to show that how this jar is representing your life. The 3 things, Rocks, Pebbles and sand denotes

1- The rocks are most significant part - your family, health, your life partner, children – these are those who remained with you even after everything was lost, you still be complete.

2- The second thing the pebbles, means the other things that matters after rocks – like house, job, car etc.

3- The left little things are that sand to fill the jar full.”

Always remember,

“if you fill the jar with sand at the first,” then you will not have space to pour the peddles or the rocks… the same applies on Life.”

If we also waste our energy and time on the sand, we will never be able to pour the important things because the space has been taken by the little things. Be conscious about the critical elements of happiness. Give time to your family. Live your life with your partner like a boyfriend who cares her the most. Love your children. Because there will always be time for the pebbles and sand.

“Your rocks are your diamond take care of them- create a set of priorities now….. The rest is just sand “


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      Manatita44 5 years ago

      A nice or perhaps excellent way of telling a story, perhaps, and also good for morality and discipline.

      The 'Higher' philosophers teach that all things are impermanent and will someday die. That includes all that of which you hold so dear. These wise ones role is to uplift us, not bind us. As such they ask us to discriminate until we find that which is lasting and eternal. In the lasting and eternal, lies the way to satisfy the material, for all then blends as one.

      Still, I learnt your way in a good school and it prepared me for the 'Higher' teaching. In short, your philosophy too, has its usefulness. Good work.

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      MizBejabbers 5 years ago

      That is a lovely analogy and good philosophy. Voted you up ++.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Very interesting article and something to seriously think about.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      very nice story. thank you for sharing it!

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Good hub article, Writerscentro. I have heard this story before, but you did well putting your own touch to it. Voted up.

    • profile image 5 years ago

      Great idea and well presented Writerscentro.

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      Mazzy Bolero 5 years ago from the U.K.

      A very interesting illustration of a lesson, writerscentro. Most of us do spend too much time concentrating on the sands and letting the stones take care of themselves. We take the things that really matter for granted and focus on things that don't really matter at all. It's a good thing to be reminded to think about what's important in your life.

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      Hummingbird5356 5 years ago

      Very good.

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Interesting hub. God Bless You. Voted Up.