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Monday Motivation - "Sifting" Out The Important Things in Life


GOOD MORNING MONDAY – AFFIRMATIVE THOUGHTS FOR A GREAT WEEK

Good Morning. It is Monday and you are blessed to experience another day😊! You will never have this day again; that is easy to forget. “Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving,” (Kahlil Gibran). Have a great day and week. Realize that “wonder” is always wrapped in the “ordinary”. There is hidden beauty in every moment and around every corner 😊.


This past week I heard a news story that reminded me about the frailty and preciousness of life. The story was about a 33- year-old man who had been recently diagnosed with cancer. He is a husband, a father of 3 very young children and a high school football coach. He stated that he considered, “cancer - the great sifter of life,” and said that because of his cancer diagnosis, he is finding himself “sifting” through his priorities and ensuring that those things that are precious to him, “family, faith, friends, etc.” are a priority.


The “sifting” connotation that he used, reminded me of an inspirational story. Today, I want to share that story with you. While many of you may have heard this story in the past, hearing it again may evoke new meaning for you. It is entitled,

“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 the remaining open areas of the jar.

He then asked the students 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, or fix the disposal.”

“Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”


Take time to reflect on what is important to you; what really matters. Whatever it is for you, make those a priority in your life. We are not guaranteed any time other than the present moment. Make every moment of every day that you are given, count.


May you have happy experiences that brighten everything they touch. Cherish this life with all your head and your heart!


Have a GREAT day; Have a GREAT week. Take Care!

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