LTE Publisher -- Masuda Floyd
Jun 162011
Rocks, Pebbles, Sand - A story about setting priorities, managing your time and  The Important Things in Life!

What are the important things in life? How do you know what they are? How do you find happiness? "Rocks, Pebbles, Sand - The Important Things in Life" is a story that explains in plain words, that in order to be happy we need to pay attention to the important things in life first and then deal with the lesser stuff later. It is a story about recognizing what’s important and prioritizing. "Rocks, Pebbles, Sand - The Important Things in Life" assures us that we may have time to do everything that we want to do, only if we prioritize and manage our time wisely. That would lead to happiness indeed.

Rocks, Pebbles, Sand - The Important Things in Life

Rocks, Pebbles, Sand - The Important Things in Life

I came across this story "Rocks, Pebbles, Sand - The Important Things in Life," many years ago, before the days of the internet and I admit it made an impression on me. Since then I have been “revisited” by this story many times, through emails, videos or websites. It is as though the Universe sends this story my way, just to remind me that time-management and prioritization is a key factor for success and happiness, both in your personal life and in your business.

So I thought this might be a great time to share the story with others. What are your favorite stories with a special message? Remember to share your story below.

Rocks, Pebbles, Sand - The Important Things in Life

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 inches 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.”

“Now,” said the professor, “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 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.”

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  • obloodyhell

    Actually, the best version of this story involves a pair of beers. After the sand is in the jar, he pulls up two cans of beer and pours them both in.

    At the end, they ask him about the two beers — his reply is, “No matter how busy or full your life seems, there’s always time for a beer with a friend”.

  • sibee

    welth fame and glory are the real priorities!

  • Sharyn65

    <3 this story 🙂

  • Anonymous

    In our modern world, it would be so easy to get distracted and forget what are our real priorities are. In the search for wealth, fame and glory, we let our loved ones be the last on the line. Only when we are down do we remember that things are actually worthless when we don’t have people to share it with. 

    The story of the Rocks, Pebbles and Sand concisely illustrate and bring to focus the importance of knowing and acting on right priorities. According to the Bible, we have to seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness first and all these small things would eventually be added unto us — and of course, not the other way around.