Looking after the rocks first … or mindful priority-setting

The following story is one that’s been circulating for a while. It holds a very important message regarding setting priorities in our lives – whether we are business owners or not:
A professor of philosophy stood before his class with some items in front of him. When the class began, he picked up a large glass 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 full.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly and watched as the pebbles rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The professor then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They laughed and agreed that it was indeed full this time.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled the remaining open areas of the jar. “Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar signifies your life. The rocks are the truly important things, such as family, health and relationships. If all else was lost and only the rocks remained, your life would still be meaningful. The pebbles are the other things that matter in your life, such as work or school. The sand signifies the remaining “small stuff” and material possessions.
If you put sand into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks or the pebbles. The same can be applied to your lives. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are truly important.

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

Even if this story is not new to you, let it trigger a reminder that the rocks really do matter. You can label the glass jar “My working day”, “My business” or “My life in general” and decide on the priorities (rocks) for each one. Just like Diane Keaton had a jar of white pebbles on her desk in the film “Something’s gotta give” (appropriately named film in this case!) you can even use a real jar and real stones as an ornamental and subtle reminder to make time for what really matters in life.

Source used for re-telling the pebble story with grateful thanks:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_articles.asp?id=264&page=2

Simple, but true – the most important thing

No matter how busy you are running your successful business, just stop for a moment, take a deep breath and read on…

The most important thing is BEING happy. It’s not about possessions or stuff, or fame and recognition for what you are doing. It’s the JOY of experiencing each new dawn, of being happy to wake up and say YES to the new day, being glad and thankful to be alive, the joy of loving life. It’s going through the day feeling happy and content, moving positively from moment to moment; living a life of rich, happy experiences, helping and serving others, making your unique contribution, whilst enjoying these moments wholeheartedly. Life is about joy and love.

Don’t get caught up in the treadmill, don’t make sacrifices to run your business. Say “no” if you need to. Make sure that when you close your eyes at the end of the day you can be content with what has passed and, in a spirit of trust, look forward to what the next day will bring. As Abraham Hicks puts it: “The standard of success in life isn’t the things. It isn’t the money or the stuff – It is absolutely the amount of joy you feel.”

Be busy but be happy, love Louise