December 17, 2003

Not hilarious . . .

but like the entry before it, said with a wise smile . . .

Subject: A Good Philosophy for 2004

A professor stood before his Philosophy 101 class and had some items 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 golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a jar of pebbles and poured them into the the large jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open spaces between the golf balls. 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 large jar and of course filled up everything else. He then asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with an unanimous yes. The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and proceeded to pour the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the grains of 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 partner, your health, your children, your friends, 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, 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 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 checkups. Take your partner dancing. Play another 18. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand." After a few moments of silence in the classroom, one of the students raised their hand and inquired what the beer represented.

The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers."

forwarded by Paul - many thanks!

Posted by Greg Stone at 07:47 AM

well, not real funny . . .

. . . but very helpful and said with a smile.

HOW TO STAY YOUNG (George Carlin)

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. " An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Thanks for forwarding this, Pina!

Posted by Greg Stone at 07:42 AM

December 06, 2003

Now that is NOT funny . . .

. . . but puzzling, at least on the first pass, and well done, and hey, a fun change of pace. Thank's Bradie.

Oh, I'm talking about this site. Try it out. (Oh - and James, and other clever people - I know you'll get it right away, but most of us don't. I was duely amazed the first time through and I like being amazed. There's too damned little magic around ;-)

Posted by Greg Stone at 06:14 AM