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 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 small 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 children, your health, 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 the time to know yourself. Take your partner out to dinner. There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the rubbish. Balance is key!
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. “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 few beers with a friend.
Although the author of this wonderful story is unknown, it is not new.
The invaluable lesson here however is timeless and can not be shared enough.
Beyonce shares her thoughts on Balancing areas of her life and whether you’re a celebrity figure or not, we all have to get this balance thing working for us and not against us.
Here are just a few dots that we must connect and get in balance on that thread of life.
Our Physical health.
Whether you are a Celebrity, a CEO or a parent bringing up our next generation, it’s easy to let things like exercise and diet go by the wayside once things get busy with your daily routine. You must remember though. This body is the only body you’re going to get and it needs to carry you until the end of the game. So then, it goes without saying that it’s critical to continue to keep your body strong and healthy enough to enable you to do the things that excite you. The key here is to be fit enough that you don’t have to say “no” to anything you ever want to do.
Our Mental Health.
Whether your soul loves hiking in nature, photography, playing golf or chasing rainbows, make sure to fit it in. This is the only way to really take care of ourselves. It’s how we renew ourselves when we’re feeling low or unsure about things. Making time for our mental health is as vital as respecting and taking care of our physical health. Lifeflow is the perfect vehicle to helping you discover what you love again!
What is your relationship like with your partner? Your parents and your kids? Your friends and work colleagues? How do you balance time with these important people in your life? You, your family and friends are the gold balls in the jar. Make time for all three however busy life gets. They need you in their life as much as you need them in yours. These are HIGH Priority dots along the thread.
Whether you are running your own business or climbing the corporate ladder, ask yourself how motivated you are getting up each morning. Do you wake up excited at the prospect of a new day to make progress? Or do you dread that alarm clock? How healthy are your finances? Are your assets increasing in order for you to be able to enjoy a comfortable life and retirement? Do you feel in control of your finances or are they controlling you? For a comfortable life with choices and a good harvest later, it’s worth measuring how all that time you are investing in your chosen line of work is paying off.
Do you make time for this, whether in your own local community or further afield? There are thousands of ways to contribute and care for the world we live in. It’s a wonderful way of giving back something as a way of saying thank you for what you yourself feel grateful for. The rewards here are immeasurable for you the giver.
Finding balance isn’t always easy but when you become truly aware that your personal happiness really does depend on it, it’s got to be taken seriously!