Thought provoking stuff..
OK, so loads of these things circulate on the internet. But these are a few of the choice ones I like....
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 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 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 check-ups. 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."
Words of Wisdom
Give people more than they expect, and do it cheerfully.
Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
Don't believe all you hear.
Spend all you have and sleep all you want.
When you say, "I love you", mean it.
When you say, "I'm sorry", look the person in the eye.
Be engaged at least 6 months before you get married.
Believe in love at first sight
Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much
Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt, but it's the only way to live life completely.
In disagreements, fight fairly. Please, no name-calling.
Don't judge people by their relatives.
Talk slowly but think quickly.
When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"
Remember that great love and great achievement involve great risks.
Say "Bless You" when you hear someone sneeze.
When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
Remember the 3 R's:
Respect for self
Respect for others
Responsibility for all your actions
Don't let dispute injure a great friendship.
When you realise you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
Spend some time alone.
What We Will Probably Learn About Life
I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night." -- Age 6
I've learned that you can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. -- Age 7
I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. -- Age 9
I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up. -- Age 13
I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. -- Age 14
I've learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me. -- Age 15
I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. -- Age 24
I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great pleasures. -- Age 26
I've learned that wherever I go, the worlds worst drivers have followed me there. -- Age 29
I've learned...that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it. -- Age 39
I've learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don't know how to show it. -- Age 41
I've learned that you can make someone's day by simply sending then a little card. -- Age 44
I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his need to cast blame on others. -- Age 46
I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. -- Age 47
I've learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours. -- Age 49
I've learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone. -- Age 50
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. -- Age 52
I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills. -- Age 52
I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. -- Age 53
I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. -- Age 58
I've learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, try to improve your marriage. -- Age 61
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. -- Age 62
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. -- Age 64
I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. -- Age 65
I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. -- Age 66
I've learned that everyone can use a prayer. -- Age 72
I've learned that it pays to believe in miracles. And to tell the truth, I've seen several. -- Age 73
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. -- Age 82
I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch-holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. -- Age 85
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. -- Age 92
Makes one think, doesn't it?
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 20 pups. And set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.
Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your puppies."
"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat of the back of his neck,"These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money." The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.
"I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?"
Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle "Here,Dolly!" he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.
Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up....
"I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would."
With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.
Looking back up at the farmer, he said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands."