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Once, a philosophy professor had a big empty mayonnaise jar.

He showed it to his class and filled it up with large rocks.

He asked the students if the jar was full, and they all said yes.

Then, he added small pebbles and shook the jar so they filled the spaces between the big rocks.

He asked again if the jar was full, and the students still thought it was full.

Next, the professor poured sand into the jar, filling up the remaining empty spots.

The students agreed for the third time that the jar was finally full.

The Metaphor

Imagine your life as a jar, and think of the rocks, pebbles, and sand as the stuff that fills it up.

The rocks are like the most important things, such as spending time with family and staying healthy.

Even if you lose the pebbles and sand, your life would still be full and meaningful.

The pebbles are things that matter, like your job, house, hobbies, and friends.

They add meaning to your life, but you could still have a good life without them because they’re not super essential.

Now, the sand is like the extra things in your life, like watching TV, using social media, or doing errands.

They don’t add much meaning to your life and are usually just done to pass the time or get small things done.

Moral of the story

In order to have a more happy and efficient life, give high priority and pay attention to spending time with family and staying healthy because they are critical to your long-term well-being.

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