A Forwarded Email.

January 6, 2007 at 12:39 pm (Life)

A professor stood b4 his Philosophy class & had
some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very
large and empty sugar jar and proceeded to fill
it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

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 said “yes.”

The professor then produced two cups of coffee 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

“The golf balls are the important things – your God,
family, your children, your health, your friends, and
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, and 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 2 u.

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your

Play with your children
“Take time to get medical checkups.

“Take ur partner out to dinner.
“Take care of the golf balls first, the things that
really matter.
“Set ur priorities.

” rest is just sand.
what about coffee?
It just goes to show you that no matter how full your
life may seem,there’s always room for a cup of coffee
with a friend.”



  1. Dr Farrukh Malik said,

    Very well said!

  2. Areeb said,

    So True !

  3. Asma said,

    Oh I loved this equally … when months back I got it :> Truly aspiring …!

  4. khawab said,

    hey me goin to paki land 😀 i am excited

  5. jugnoo said,

    Amazing way to explain how to live life. Cool 😀

  6. hammad said,

    so true !!

  7. Dr.Umer Salim said,


  8. Noor Mirza said,

    Well some studies only caters to human behaviour and response to certain happenings, each n every human being keeps a different vision and perspective to see things. Philosophy is another way to explain things by staying into the dimensions of a particular person’s mind, thoughts, etc

    We can explain these things by many different scenarios, alot better than this one.

  9. Asma said,

    kahan gayiiin aap?

  10. Adиaи said,

    It is about having priorities. And its very good. 🙂

  11. asma said,

    jago mohan piyaray 🙂

  12. Iris Weaver said,

    Thank for making this valuable information available to the public.

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