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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

听过这个故事。

杯子代表你的生命。生命中有太多的东西需要承载,高尔夫球是你最重要的东西──信仰、家庭、孩子、健康、朋友、嗜好等;石头是你的工作、屋子、车子等。沙子,是不起眼的东西,生活中的琐事。咖啡,代表即使你的生活(压力)看似已到了顶点,你还是有一点时间和空间,找个朋友喝杯咖啡,聊点心事。
只有先装下了生命中最重要的东西后;再是代表着爱情、购物、休闲、和朋友聚会等的沙子;最后再装下代表那些家务一类的繁琐的事情。只有这样的顺序,人生才得以平衡。如果你花费太多时间在不重要的事务上,选择先把沙子倒进杯子里,那么生命中所有重要的东西,都摆不进去了! 

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

I found one version in Chinese

电视里正播放着一个外国娱乐节目:

  场上有一个比较大的铁皮箱。主持人打开盖子,放入了不少高尔夫球,一直到顶。观众说:“满了。” 

  “还没满!” 主持人微笑着说。

  主持人拿起一袋石子,慢慢倒入,然后摇晃一下铁皮箱,石子填满高尔夫球与高尔夫球之间的缝隙。观众说:“满了。” 

  “还没满!” 主持人还是微笑着说。

  他又拿起一袋细沙,直线倾倒,看着沙子往铁皮箱里四方八面滑窜,不一会儿,沙子像水溢出铁皮箱。观众说:“满了。” 

  “还没满!” 主持人仍然保持微笑。

  他握着两大杯咖啡,轻轻倒进铁皮箱里,像水银泄地,无孔不入。这回,实实在在地满了! 

  大家发出会心的微笑。 

  主持人说:我们生命中有太多承受不了的事,生活的重重压力让你透不过气来,一天24小时不够用,怎么办?你有得选择吗? 

  空铁皮箱代表你的生命。生命中有太多的东西需要承载,高尔夫球是你最重要的东西──信仰、家庭、孩子、健康、朋友、嗜好等;石头是你的工作、屋子、车子等。沙子,是不起眼的东西,生活中的琐事。咖啡,代表即使你的生活(压力)看似已到了顶点,你还是有一点时间和空间,找个朋友喝杯咖啡,聊点心事。 

  如果,你花费太多时间在不重要的事务上,选择先把沙子倒进铁皮箱里,那么生命中所有重要的东西,都摆不进去了! 

  带孩子去玩,跟丈夫或妻子吃顿饭,看场电影,全家到户外运动;至于打扫房子、倒垃圾、洗熨衣服、洗车等琐事,先搁着无妨,这是沙子。不要因为要换床单窗帘,而失去跟孩子一起玩乐的机会。

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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.

[ Last edited by edchan at 2007-12-7 08:08 AM ]

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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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