Between responsibilities, obligations, relaxation and fun, we all have an innumerable amount of things to do in our everyday life, and while most of us have our priorities straight, it is unfortunate that many others get lots in the day to day rush and often forget what matters most.
To be fair, most of us don’t forget who’s important in our lives, but we tend to neglect them without even noticing.
And it is not that we don’t care. We simply get habituated to our routines and to them being “there” for us so without even realizing it, we take them for granted. Truth is, families fall apart and relationships end not all of a sudden, but little by little, as feelings erode throughout time and the spaces between people become abysses.
The good news is that this can be completely avoided. We just need to decide to pay attention to details and bring to our awareness what matters most as often as possible.
And that is exactly what this little and powerful video will do for you today. Titled “The Empty Pickle Jar,” it delivers an inspiring and thought-provoking message in a beautiful metaphor in 3 minutes flat. Watch it. You’ll be glad you did. It will make you reflect and get you thinking about the golf balls in your life. And, once you know that golf balls come first, you’ll make sure you’re making room for them and discover that there will always be extra room for pebbles, sand and even chocolate!
Yes, I’m aware. You have no idea what I’m talking about, but that is perfectly fine for now. One thing I can tell you… The life lesson presented in the video will help bring awareness to your priorities, so bookmark this page and share it with your loved ones. At the end of the day, you know you should never spend all of our time and energy on the small stuff because if you do, you will never have room for the things that make life worth living… such as golf balls 🙂
OK, I’ll let you watch “The Empty Pickle Jar,” here… (when the mini-movie is over, close that window and you’ll come back to this post.)
So, what do you think? Do you have golf balls in your jar or is it just filled with pebbles and sand? Golf balls, you say? Congratulations! And if it made you re-think your priorities, that is perfectly fine too, because that is the purpose of the video.
So, how do you find balance while keeping the golf balls in your jar, always? Here’s an idea for you:
1. List your responsibilities and obligations (such as your job, paying bills, cleaning the house, cooking, fixing stuff around the house, etc.)
2. List your pastimes and fun activities (such as going to the gym , spending time with friends, going to the theater, gardening, etc.)
3. Jot down your daily schedule (at what time you get up, start work, get home?)
4. List your life goals (such as your dreams and plans; the things you want to achieve)
5. List your golf balls… what matters most to you.
A. Get up a bit earlier and enjoy breakfast with your spouse instead of gobbling up a quick bite in the car; go for a walk after dinner to share some time together, etc.
B. Take the kids to school often; enjoy a board game or puzzle before they go to sleep (or on the weekend.) And if your kids are older, include them in decisions, in conversation, in planning a trip, etc.
C. Skip a meeting at work to attend a school event; take the whole family for a picnic, a movie, a fair, a rodeo, etc.
D. Include your spouse in the planning of your life goal (Hey, two minds think better than one!); ask for their opinion or input on a particular situation; go grocery shopping together, etc.
And if for any reason your schedule seems so tight that you cannot fit anything else in your life, ask yourself… what activities could I drop in exchange for keeping more gold balls in my jar?
Whatever you do, always remember that often, we don’t realize what we have until it’s gone. Too often we are too proud to say “I’m sorry” and rectify. Too often we seem to hurt those that we care about the most as we allow for the foolish things to tear us apart. Don’t let that happen to you. Make the best of the time you have and always give priority to your golf balls.
Did you enjoy “The Empty Pickle Jar“? Did it make you reflect on your life and what matters most to you? What do the golf balls represent to you? How do you keep balance so the golf balls are always in the jar first? Please share your comments below — and have some chocolate too 🙂 — Thanks!