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March 17, 2017 01:37
A Teacher's Life Lessons Using A Jar And Some Golf Balls


This is a very important life lesson that a philosophy teacher taught his students.

The teacher cleared off his desk and placed on top of it a few items. One of the items was an empty mason jar. He proceeded to fill up the jar with golf balls until he could fit no more. He looked at the classroom and asked his students if they agree that the jar is full. Every student agreed that the jar was indeed full.

The teacher then picked up a box of small pebbles and poured them into the jar with the golf balls. The pebbles filled all of the openings in between the golf balls. He asked the students if the jar was full. Once again, they agreed.

Now the teacher picked up a bag of sand and poured it into the mason jar. The sand filled in all of the empty space left between the golf balls and pebbles. He asked the class again if the jar was full. The students agreed it was technically full.

Finally, the teacher pulled out two beers from under his desk and poured both of them into the jar filling the empty space between the sand. Now the students began to laugh wondering how far this was going.

The teacher waited until the laughter stopped. "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life," he started. "The golf balls represent the important things. Your family, children, health, friends, and passions. If everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles represent the other things in life that matter, such as your job, house and car. The sand---that is everything else. The small stuff. If you put the sand in first, there is no room for the pebbles or golf balls.

The same goes for life. If you spend all of your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are most important. Pay attention to the important things in your life.

Enjoy time with family. Go to dinner with your spouse. Play games with your kids. There will ALWAYS be time to clean the house or take yourself shopping.

Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. The rest is just sand. You are dismissed."

Before the students left, one shouted out. "You never mentioned what the beer represents!"

The professor smiled and said, "Well I'm glad you asked. The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room to have a beer with a friend."

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September 3, 2016 16:32
Is there any categorisation or fragmentation of "Good and Bad "people on this earth? What we see the 'good and bad' in the people around us,indeed is the reflection of our perspective and perception about them.

Right from our birth we have been nourished and fed by the so many 'likes and dislikes' which makes our opinions of good or bad about others.

"What lies in you, the search goes for the same in others" the human tendency of looking for the same aspects what we possess make the difference of good or bad tints of people.

When you analyses deeply, once what appears as 'good' in the course of time when it is available in excessive quantity it becomes 'bad' or hazardous. So good and bad traits of something are interrelated and they exchange according to the time and place.

If we emanate good qualities or give good things to others, we receive more or less the same but may not be exactly in the same form, it can be in another kind. The fact is that, the reciprocation for our words and deeds is inevitable.

There is a Sufi story goes like this, Once a city had protected walls and a big gate. At the entrance of the gate some people were sitting one day and a stranger riding the horse came near the group and asked, "What kind of people are living in this city" in reply an old wise man said " Why do you ask such question". The horse rider answered that " I have come from a city where people are indecent, having ill courtesy without helping nature, so I was perturbed and left that. I want to become resident of this city and live a new life here, how are the people". The old man concluded "Brother you better move on, the people here are more vile and wicked. They are indecent than what you saw in your city. Please find another". The horse rider left

The next day, a person on bullock cart came to the same gate and asked " How the people are here" again the old wise man retorted "How are the people in the city from where you came" the person said " my people are very generous, loving and courteous people. I wanted to live there till my death.Unfortunately my financial strength deteriorated, there was no demand for my goods and skills, I came here to make a living and after regaining my economies, I would go to my town and die". The old man smiled and said "You are most welcome to this city, the people here are more generous and loving than your city people, you can stay here as long as you wanted to be"

The onlookers were taken by surprise with the contradictory answers for the same question and were eager to know the reason from the old man. The wise man replied,

"People are just the way you are."

If you want to find loving people, you have to love others.

If you want to see kindness in others, you have to be very kind with the people.

If you want live with the Happy people, you spread and share the happiness.

Finally how you are for others, the others are also for you in the similar way.

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