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First things first...

Here is a quote that applies to my life at the moment, and I'm sure many of you are in similar situations in these economic doldrums.

He who will not economize will have to agonize.--Confucius

It's hard sometimes, to manage things. Life is constantly bombarding us with situations that we don't want to deal with, problems that need solving, and just general crap that needs to be handled. But we can't put these things off.

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. --Don Marquis

Prioritizing is key. The big problems are not going to go away while we deal with the little things in life. They're going to get bigger.

A professor of philosophy stood before his class with some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks about two inches in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was full.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly and watched as the pebbles rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The professor then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They chuckled and agreed that it was indeed full this time.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled the remaining open areas of the jar. “Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar signifies your life. The rocks are the truly important things, such as family, health and relationships. If all else was lost and only the rocks remained, your life would still be meaningful. The pebbles are the other things that matter in your life, such as work or school. The sand signifies the remaining “small stuff” and material possessions.

If you put sand into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks or the pebbles. The same can be applied to your lives. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are truly important.
-- Julie Isphording

If there are issues in your life that you know need to be handled, but have been sitting there because they're difficult and bothersome to tackle, make the decision to change that. Take some time, re-evalute the situation, and see if there isn't a way to reorganize and prioritize your life so that you don't wake up one day to find that all the garbage of your life has been left at the foot of your bed.


I know this isn't the usual length of my posts, but I've noticed that after I do a big post where I really focus on it, I get kind of lax with this blog. So what I'm going to do is post more quotes and make the posts a bit shorter. This way, I can supply you with more quotes and you'll have more room to interpret things as you wish. I'll still make the longer posts when inspiration strikes, which will hopefully be often. Thanks for sticking with me, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your kind words. They mean so much to me.

I'd say good night, but it's 1:28 AM, so good morning. :)

8 Responses so far.

  1. i like the procrastinating one. very truthful
    thank you. :]

  2. Alphabeta says:

    "Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday" is a great way to look at it and definitely inspires quitting procrastination.

  3. Nice post, I agree, shorter and focused is better.

  4. Melanie says:

    i am an awesome procrastinator

  5. Venus says:

    please write a book, your posts are so good.

  6. DocStout says:

    I meant to comment on this yesterday, but it seemed inappropriate somehow to do it right away.

  7. Instead of quitting Procrastination I've come to accept the fact that it's just a part of me, and I can not give up a part of myself.

    I just live with it.

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