When waking up this morning I have a large pile of dishes in the sink, loads of laundry I still haven't gotten to, and a 3 year old who is rearranging furniture and throwing things all over the floor. I could have taken that as a sign that today was not going to be an easy day, but I even when frustrated look around at my messy house, my mischevious son, and my kitten and puppy who cause so much trouble and think, "Thank you for my blessings." Because even though I have a pile of dishes in the sink, it is proof that I have food to feed my family. Even though there is laundry not done, at least I have water to get it done, and even though my 3 year old has made messes I have a beautiful boy who has a roof over his head and is healthy and happy enough to make those messes. Sometimes in life we get so stressed about everything, that we forget everything that we have. What would you be stressed about with nothing? I'm sure there is someone out there that wishes they had a child to clean up after, had laundry to wash, and had a house to clean. Even if everything is falling apart at the seams it doesn't matter because you know what clutter and messes mean? That your children and family have a home. My grandma always said that a messy house means that your children are happy, and she with her anxiety could never pick up much, she had days I don't remember her out of bed, but their house was a place of so much happiness for me, it was filled with love and yes, there was dirt and she was one of the biggest hoarders as far as keeping everything everyone gave her, but she appreciated the things she had. I have OCD which does not make not cleaning easy for me, but there are days were I have to sit back and accept that spending time with my family is more important than picking up a dishrag or washing the table. When trying to find a topic for today's post I came across a short story that I feel with the weekend coming up we need to read. Some of you may have already read it, but even if you did, read it over and ponder it for a moment before going on with your day. So here it is; Have a good day everyone and remember what is important:)
A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.
He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of 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. They agreed it was.
The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up the remaining open areas of the jar.
He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”
“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that 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, 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 rocks. The same goes for your 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. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, or fix the disposal.”
“Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”