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The Rocks of Life

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks about 2" in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
So the professor picked up a box of pebbles and added them to the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course rolled into the gaps between the rocks. He asked again if the jar was full. Again they agreed it was. The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course the sand filled everything else up. Once more he asked the students if it was full and once again there was a unanimous "yes". The professor then produced two cans of beer and poured their entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
"Now" said the professor "I want you to recognise that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things, your family, partner, health and 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 is no room for the pebbles or rocks. The same goes for your 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 dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand".
A student raised her hand and asked 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."