A Value Education teacher stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began , wordlessly he picked up a large and empty jar of mayonnaise and proceeded to fill it with rocks. He asked the pupils if the jar was full and 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 pupils again if the jar was full and they agreed that 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 pupils responded with a unanimous “yes”.

“Now”, said the teacher, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.The rocks are the important things your family, health, children those things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. While the pebbles are the other things that matter-like your money, house, and car. And the sand is just 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. Take care of the rocks first the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

By: Mrs. Zenaida S. Dela Cruz | MT-I | Tomas PinPin Memorial Elem. School | Abucay Bataan

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