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    Don't who or when, but I thought this was worth passing on.
    Bob D.

    Words of Wisdom

    A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the
    table 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 rocks,
    about 2" in diameter. 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, of course, rolled into the
    open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the
    jar was full. They agreed it was.

    The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of
    course, the sand filled up everything else. He then 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
    proceeded to pour their 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 rocks are the important
    things - your family, your partner, your health, your children - things that
    if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be

    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 rocks. The same goes for your 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 dancing. There will always be time to go to work,
    clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal. Take care of
    the rocks 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 couple of beers."
    "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006


    Time, cost, or quality; pick any two but you can't have all three.

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    Re: Words of Wisdom

    Don't they call that Miller Time? Yes sir, time to live the High Life!

    Last edited by BadgerDave; 09-07-2009, 01:43 PM.
    I decided to change calling the bathroom the "John" and renamed it the "Jim". I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.