So, here I go, random thoughts, brought to you by me!
1. People get caught up. Sometimes you are burried so deep you can't get your head above water. You begin missing out on things that you enjoy to accomplish things you may not enjoy. Prioritizing is a huge thing in my life. With school, work, family, friends, pursuing my dreams...time seems to run faster than I can. Even in the busiest of weeks, if a friend or family need something, I do anything I can to help out. This is why: I remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 beers.
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 rolled 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.
2. This article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/magazine/the-island-where-people-forget-to-die.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&
Makes you think, is your lifestyle killing you?
3. This video is a bit old but still relevent: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/william_mcdonough_on_cradle_to_cradle_design.html
About 6 years ago I listened to William McDonough lecture in Denver, Colorado. This two hour lecture changed my course. He got me thinking about my surroundings, what was I doing, what CAN I do to help, if even a little, mankind as a whole. He is powerful, and smart. Very smart.
And I'll end this with my favorite quote of all:
"I realize you have this very big love and you want to do some very fine things with it. But i'm afraid you won't be able to do anything beneficial until you really start to think and get inside what's causing this love. You are going to have to think very clearly about basics and about what moves you can make to bring about changes in the things you see wrong. It doesn't do any good to get angry. And it doesn't do any good for you to sit here with me unless you can find in all this something of your own to say"
-Buckminster Fuller, a man lightyears ahead of his time.
Hope these made you think just as much as they made me. Anyone else out there have any inspiration for this rainy Minnesotan day?!