A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he picked up a large empty jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks about 5cm in diameter. He then asked the class if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of small 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 students again if the jar was full. The students laughed and agreed it was. The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up the remaining space. "Now", said the professor "I want you to recognise that this is your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health and your children, things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other small things that matter, like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff." "If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your 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. Play with your children. Take time to go for medial checkups. 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." " Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand". But then … A student then took the jar, which the other students and the professor agreed was full, and proceeded to pour in a glass of beer. Of course the beer filled the remaining spaces within the jar making the jar truly full. Which proves that no matter how full your life may appear to be, there is always room for beer !