Thoughts for a Friday: As humans we put a lot of things on our plates. I know for me I work two jobs, go to school part time, run, do yoga, blog, take care of the house, volunteer, have a relationship with Tyler, friends and family as well as trying to squeeeeze a little me time in. I’m busy! But I think it’s important to stop using that as an excuse. I choose to be busy; I choose to do these things. I do enjoy them but not all of the things that are on my plate are 100 % necessary to make my life complete. We have all used the “I’m busy” phrase a time or two too many.
I can’t go to the gym today, I don’t have time.
I’m just too busy today to meet your for coffee
I’ll go running tomorrow when I have time
Are you telling yourself the truth when you say these things?? Is it true that you don’t have 30 minutes in your day to go to the gym? Or one hour for a coffee with a friend? 15 minutes for a run?
Ask yourself: IS THIS TRUE?
More often than not I bet you will find yourself saying no. So start being truthful to yourself and stop being so busy that you forget to live your life.
I found this little story on Facebook yesterday and it got me thinking about my “golf balls”. I hope it gets you thinking too.
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 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.
This weekend I want you to dedicate some time to think about all the things you have on your plate…it’s time to clear some of it off and realize what’s important to you. If you are telling yourself the truth about how “busy” you are then I am sure you can find some time. Happy weekend, enjoy!