I’m on this social media site called Tumblr and I came across a post that made me think. It’s kind of on topic with the life balancing I’ve been doing lately.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly 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 box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles roll
ed into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next 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.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the 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 children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and 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 and 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 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.
Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.
Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.
It got me thinking… running my online business isn’t a traditional job by any means. I don’t think about it the same way I thought about my old jobs. I love working online. I’m passionate about it. It’s something I enjoy and it makes me happy.
So, is it the golf ball or the pebble? And which should it be?
This isn’t one of those posts where I have an answer because the answer will be different for each of us. For me, I think that some parts of my job such as blogging are the golf ball while others are the pebbles. I don’t feel happy or fulfilled if I’m not working on certain parts of my business.
During the recent time I wasn’t working I started to feel kind of lost and depressed. Once I got back and worked on the parts of my business I’m most passionate about I felt myself being filled with more energy. It’m just happier with my days and with myself in general. That’s because for me things like blogging are an important part of my happiness.
So, how about you? Not everyone will see working online as a golf ball, and that’s okay. For some it IS just a job – a job that’s better than other options they were presented with. For others they simply wouldn’t be happy in any other field.
Let me know in the comments – is your online business a golf ball or a pebble?