每天开车上班的路上，我喜欢听一个叫做 “The Breeze” 的电台。有一天听到了这样一则似曾相识的故事：哲学教授上课时拿了一个空的马乃司瓶子，先放进两英寸大的石头；装满后，他又拿了一盒鹅卵石，一边摇晃瓶子，一边将鹅卵石也倒了进去。鹅卵石于是填充了石头间的空隙。最后，老师将一盒细沙倒入了瓶子，终于所有的缝隙全被填满。。。Ok，我想，我知道你接下来要说只要我们努力，就可以做的更好。。。就在我正要转去听另一个音乐台时，却听到一个与我以前所知道的完全不同的解释：
ROCKS, PEBBLES AND SAND
A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items in front of him. When class began, he wordlessly picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks about two inches in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles, poured them into the jar and lightly shook it. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The students laughed. He asked his 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.
“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things—your family, your partner, your health, your children—anything that is so important to you that if it were lost, you would be nearly destroyed. The pebbles are the other things in life that matter, but on a smaller scale. The pebbles represent things like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else—the small stuff.
“If you put the sand or the pebbles into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, material things, you will never have room for the things that are truly most important. Pay attention to the things that are critical in your life. 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 and fix the disposal.”
Wise words. In your own life, be sure to take care of the rocks first—the things that really matter. Remember, the rest is only pebbles and sand.