Today I want to share a story with you that shows in an imaginative way with golf balls and beers how important it is to deal with the golf balls in your life from time to time.
A professor was standing in front of his philosophy class and had some things in front of him. The moment his lesson started, he grabbed a large, empty mayonnaise jar and filled it with golf balls. He asked his class if the jar was full. And yes, the class said, the jar was full.
Then the professor picked a box with pebbles and threw them into the jar as well. He shook the jar and the pebbles settled in the empty spaces between the golf balls. Again he asked his class, if the jar was full. And yes, they agreed, the pot was full.
Then the professor picked up his next box, which was filled with sand. And he also put the sand in the pot. As you may understand, the grains of sand took up empty spaces that the jar still had. When he again asked his students if the jar was full, they unanimously agreed, yes, the jar was now really full.
The professor pulled out two glasses filled with beer from under his desk and tossed the entire content into the same jar. The beer filled the tiny holes that were left. The students laughed.
“Now,” said the professor when there was silence again, “imagine this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the most important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your greatest passions—and if you lost everything else and you would only be left with this, then your life was still full, complete. The pebbles are the other things that are also important, like your job, your house, and your car. And the sand is the rest “The little things, the trivial things in your life. If you put the sand in the pot first,” he continued, “there’s no room left for the pebbles and the golf balls.
First, get the golf balls in your pot, the things that really matter. The rest is just sand.”
One of the students raises her hand and asks what the beer stood for. The professor laughed and said, “I’m glad you asked. The beer shows that, no matter how full your life seems, there’s always room for a few beers with friends.”