Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What takes up Space in Your Life?

Posted by CheapRunnerMichelle

And this my friends is why I will never stress about having the cleanest house, or worry about having the most pristine lawn in the neighbourhood. I've always been a firm believer in "not sweating the small stuff" in life...and this is just a great reminder of that...


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

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 a unanimous ‘yes.’


The professor then produced two Beers 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 and your favorite passions—-and 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,' 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.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

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 and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.


Happy hump day friends!

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  1. I have seen this floating around but love it every time. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. This one is great!

  3. Amy @ fitnessmeetsfrosting.comMay 21, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    I remember seeing this on Facebook a while ago and it made me smile. Thank you for sharing, I think we all need to be reminded of this :) I definitely needed the reminder with all the chaos in my life right now!

  4. I sweat over having a clean/organized house and my husband sweats over the yard. We make the perfect couple, right?? Haaaaa No I love this and it is a great reminder!!!

  5. Heidi @ www.idlehide.comMay 24, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    I like this! I have to admit that I sweat the small stuff, but I am really working on it lately. I know it's not worth it, but it's a hard thing to overcome! I love the graphic with all the important things in life:)

  6. I had never seen it before...but totally love it!!...and hey we can all use the reminder every once in ahile eh?!?

  7. Chaos...although sometimes I feel like I thrive in those circumstances, doesn't mean that's what I need to give value to in my life

  8. ...well anytime you wanna come clean my house...feel