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A modern parable

 

Filled pot

A philosophy professor stood before his audience, took a five-liter glass jar and filled it with stones, each not less than three inches in diameter.

In the end he asked the students if the jar was full?

Answered yes, complete.

Then he opened a can of peas and poured its contents into a large jar, shook it a little bit. Peas took the free space between the stones. Once again, the professor asked the students if the jar was full?

Answered yes, complete.

Then he picked up a box full of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand is fully occupied existing space, and all closed.

Once again, the professor asked the students if the jar was full? Answer: Yes, and this time unequivocally, it is full.

Then he pulled out from under the table with a mug of water and poured it into the jar until the last drop, razmachivaya sand.

The students laughed.

- And now I want you to understand that the bank - it's your life. Rocks - is the most important thing in your life: family, health, friends, and their children - all that is necessary to make your life still remained full even if everything else is lost. Peas - these are things that you personally have become important: work, home, car. Sand - it's everything else, little things.

If at first fill the jar with sand, no place where they could accommodate beans and stones. And also in your life if you spend all your time and energy on all the little things, there is no place for the most important things. Engage in the fact that you bring happiness: play with your children, give time, spouses, meet with friends. There will always be more time to work, do house cleaning, repair and wash the car. Go in, above all, with stones, that is the most important things in life, determine your priorities: other - this is just sand.

Then a student raised her hand and asked the professor, how important is water?

The professor smiled.

- I am glad that you asked me about it. I did it just to prove to you that, no matter how busy your life is always a little room for idle idleness.