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Philosophy of Golf Balls


    A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise 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 responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

    The professor then produced two glasses of wine 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 life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and 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 to you.

    Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

    Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

    Take care of the golf balls 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 wine represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Wine just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of glasses of wine with a friend.


    I love this story.  I see me or is it that I want me to be more like the story goes?  

    Thank you, GGG.

    Did you write this?


    Thanks for that GGG.


    Wonderful life philosophy - I know I could take this more to heart  - especially when the "importance " of career seems to envelop and consume em...Thanks for a lovely share girlsgotgolf!

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    Great story 3G, could've used that about 50 yrs ago. My jar had a few balls, but was mostly pebbles and wine.

    Take heed all you young'uns.


    Good article GGG. Thanks for sharing it.


    Can't take credit for these written words but felt they definitely were to be shared..... From these responses I sense they touched your souls as they did mine after receiving them from one of the Girls in my regular foursome.


    A great reminder for all of us.  We do have a habit of getting too involved in the small stuff.  Thanks GGG.

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    This story never get old.  A constant reminder to not sweat the small stuff.


    Pretty cool story...thanks for sharing


    Pretty cool story...thanks for sharing


    True philosophical approach to "do not sweat the small stuff"...

    Thanks for sharing this.

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    Nice story, thanks for sharing.