It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Chapter 4, Page 19, Book 18

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but schedule your priorities.

Steven R. Covey

Live your priorities..

The Principal of Priority states

a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important and 
b) you must do what is important first.

Steven Pressfield

My priorities are my family, my friends and my faith.  They are the most important things in my life and when I put these 3 first, everything else falls into place.

Remember your priorities aren’t what you say, they are what you do.  Priorities help you identify what is important and valuable to you   To often we say we want X and fill our lives up with Y.  It’s way to easy to forget just what really matters.

When it seems that are too many things in your life, when 24 hours in a day never seems to be enough, remember the Pot of Jam and Coffee story:

There once was a professor of philosophy, who stood in front of his Class, took a large empty pot of jam and without saying a word, began to fill it with golf balls.

Then he asked his students if the jar was full. The Students replied: YES.

The professor then took a box full of marbles and poured the marbles into the pot of jam. The marbles filled the gaps in between the Golf balls. The Professor asked the students again if the jar was full. Again, they replied: YES .

At that point, the professor took a bag of sand and poured it into the pot of jam. Of course, the sand filled all the remaining gaps and the professor asked again if the jar was full. The Students unanimously answered: YES.

The professor then added two cups of coffee to the contents of the jar thus filling the small gaps between the grains of sand. The students started laughing. After they stopped, the professor said: I want you to realize that the pot of jam represents Life.

The golf balls are the very important things in Life such as family, children, health, everything you are passionate about. Our lives would still be full even if we'd lost everything else and these were the only things that remained.

The marbles are the other things that count in our lives such as work, house, car, etc ...

The sand represents everything else, all the small things in life.

If we had first poured sand into the pot of jam, there wouldn't have been any room left for anything else such as the marbles or the golf balls.

It's the same thing in Life. If we put all our energy and all our time into the small things, we will never have any time/space left for the things that really matter.

Pay attention to the things that are really important to your happiness. Play with your children, take time to go to the doctor, have dinner with your spouse/partner, exercise or take time to enjoy your favorite pass times.

There will always be time to do the cleaning and fix the taps on the kitchen sink ...

Take care of the golf balls first, of the things that really matter. Choose your priorities, the rest is just sand.

One of the students then raised a hand and asked what the coffee meant.

The professor smiled and said: It's good that you ask. I only added coffee to show that although your lives may seem full and busy, there is always room for a cup of coffee with a friend. Good day to all …

Author Unknown

Keep your priorities straight


betty said...

I like the end of the story to have a cup of coffee with a friend is always a good day, but the story is a good reminder to us about our priorities and making sure we get them straight and keep them straight. I know it can be hard sometimes to do especially when still working; we tend to put that first sometimes above all else and are inflexible about taking a day off for rest, etc. All things balanced makes a balanced life.


Mevely317 said...

That's a super parable! And the ending? I just broke out in a big grin!
If you don't mind, I'd like to share this on my FB page.


priortizing things puts life into perspective. "It’s way to easy to forget just what really matters."

Rick Watson said...

I took a 7 Habits course several years ago and it was an eye opening class.