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Post time 2006-3-29 07:31:39 |Display all floors
Fill Life
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he 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.

So 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 cans of beer 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 health, your children, your job, your friends, your favorite passions—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, 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.  Play with your children.  Take time to get medical checkups.  Take your partner out to dinner.  Play another 18.  There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the disposal.  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 replied, "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."

------unfortunately there is no Chinese version of the inspirational story.

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Post time 2006-3-29 08:39:18 |Display all floors



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Post time 2006-3-29 09:04:05 |Display all floors

I found one version in Chinese



  “还没满!” 主持人微笑着说。


  “还没满!” 主持人还是微笑着说。


  “还没满!” 主持人仍然保持微笑。







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Post time 2006-3-29 11:46:14 |Display all floors
what is important is that what one regards as golf balls and what as pebbles. For some, career is the golf ball rather than a pebble.

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Post time 2006-3-29 12:01:06 |Display all floors
Originally posted by gardener at 2006-3-29 11:46
what is important is that what one regards as golf balls and what as pebbles. For some, career is the golf ball rather than a pebble.

The important things are that which when taken away, your life is still whole again. Your career can change at the whimps of political powers or economic powers. When the job is gone you can find another one.  But when your health and family is not whole, your job does not really mean that much since there is NO TIME for you to enjoy nor anyone to share with.

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Post time 2006-3-29 13:17:32 |Display all floors
Hey, the Chinese version is not the exact translation of your original, it's been adapted to suit a similar plotline with a few changes of characters, setting, and other sundries.

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