When i sit back and start to think of the meaning of the word life, I get drawn into a deep conversation with myself.
‘LIFE’. “This is a simple four lettered word”, you may think. But go into its depths and you will find that life has a more deeper and graver meaning than any of us could even imagine. I want the reader of this blog to close his eyes for a minute and think about what, according to him, is life made up of. Let me take a guess. The first few things that might have come into your thoughts are all the small enjoyments that life is made up of . All the luxuries. But go deeper into yourself. Tap your subconscious and then ask yourself – “DO THESE THINGS REALLY MAKE UP LIFE? CAN I NOT DO WITHOUT THEM?”. Well my friend, the answer is a loud resounding “NO”. These things do not make up life. They are small and unimportant. Yes, they make life enjoyable, but they do not make life. To explain myself, let me cite a story………..
it is called – ‘Empty Pickle Jar- a lesson on life ‘ .
A professor stood before his philosophy class, holding a large and empty pickle jar. When the class began, he proceeded to fill the jar with golf balls. Then he asked the students whether the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So, the professor picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He asked the students again, if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. the professor, then 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. His students responded with a unanimous “YES”. The professor then produced a bottle of chocolate milk from under the table. He poured it into the jar, effectively filling up the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. “Now,” said the professor, ” I want you to recognize that the jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things like your Family, your Children, your Health and friends. The pebbles are the other things that matter, like your Job, your Home, your Car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff. If you put the sand into jar first, 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 make you happy. Play with your children, get regular check-ups, enjoy dinner with friends and family. There will always be time to clean the house. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand ” . One student asked,”What about the chocolate milk ?”.The professor replied,” No matter how full your life, there is always room for chocolate”.
Remember everyday is a gift……..
And the quality of your life, is your gift to yourself.