Subj: Thoughts On Time
(Includes 44 jokes and articles, 23854n,6,cf,md4,5)
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Jumping Clock from
Also see BIRTHDAYS
- 'Age Gauge'
CANADIAN file- 'Saskatchewan Has No Daylight Saving Time'
COLLEGE2 file- 'Frazz Comic Strip'
......................- 'The Class Of 2005'
......................- 'Freshman Entering College in l999'
COMPUTERS3 - 'Remember When'
DRINKING file- '"Strange" Cuckoo Clock'
ELDERLY3 file- '26 Signs You've Already Grown Up'
......................- 'Little Quirks About Life You Notice By Fifty'
......................- 'Old Is Just A State Of Mind?'
......................- 'You Know You're Getting Older When:'
......................-'Signs You Are Getting Older:'
......................- 'Age Is A Funny Thing' By George Carlin
......................- 'On Aging'
......................- 'Thoughts On Aging'
......................- 'Some Great Things About Getting Older'
ELDERLY3-SUPP- 'The Over 40 Test'
......................- 'Life As We Once Knew It'
......................- 'We Survived Being Kids'
......................- 'How Old Is Grandpa?'
ELDERLY4 file- 'A Man's Success'
EPITAPHS file- 'The Death Of Common Sense'
FACTS1 file - 'Life Expectancy Calculator'
FACTS5 file - 'A Little History From the 1500s'
......................- 'When My Grandmother Was A Child'
GREEK file - 'The Waterfall And A Heraclitus Quote'
HEADLINES-ADS- 'Time Traveler Ad'
MATH4 file - 'Mind Reading Brain Teaser'
MATH6 file - '9's Clock!'
MEN1 file - 'The Watch'
......................- 'Saving Grandfather's Clock'
.........MOVIE_ETC-SU2- 'The Land Of Sandra Dee - Poem'
NATIONAL2 - 'The Future In Year 2035'
......................- 'A Billion In Perspective...'
PLANE2 file - 'What Time Is It?'
PREGNANT file- 'Granddaughter Born In Japan'
RIDDLE-SUPP - 'A What Am I Riddle #40'
SOLDIER-SUPP - 'A Pittance Of Time - Video/Song'
SPEECHES file- 'Steve Jobs' Commencement Address At Stanford'
THOUGHTS-KIDS- 'Daddy, May I Please Borrow $50?'
......................- 'When I Was A Kid...'
THOUGHTS-LRN1- 'More Thoughts On Happiness'
THOUGHTS-LRN2- 'My Seize-The-Moment Friend'
......................- 'Thoughts of An 83 Year Old Woman'
THOUGHTS-QOTS- 'Why Are Things The Way They Are?'
THOUGHTS-WARM- 'Remember When:'
The Wheels Of Time (S474b)
To view this cute cartoon on my web site click 'HERE'.
Subj: Procrastinator's Creed (S397b)
From: LABLaughsClean on 9/3/2004
You may wish to delay reading
this until you have more
1. I believe that if anything
is worth doing, it would have
been done already.
2. I shall never move quickly,
except to avoid more work or
3. I will never rush into a
job without a lifetime of
4. I shall meet all of my deadlines
directly in propoartion
to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive
from missing them.
5. I firmly believe that tomorrow
holds the possiblity for
new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve
from my obligations.
6. I truely believe that all
deadlines are unreasonable
regardless of the amount of time given.
7. If at first I don't succeed, there is always next year.
8. I shall always decide not
to decide, unless of course I
decide to change my mind.
9. I shall always begin, start,
initiate, take the first step,
and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.
10. I will never put off tomorrow,
what I can forget
Subj: Going Back Home For a Neighbors Funeral (S339)
From: RFSlick on 7/10/2003
Thank's For Your Time.
A young man learns what's most
important in life from the guy next door.
It had been some time since Jack
had seen the old man.
College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way.
In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit
of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack
had little time to think about the past and often no time
to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his
future, and nothing could stop him.
Over the phone, his mother told
him, "Mr. Belser died last
night. The funeral is Wednesday." Memories flashed through
his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering
his childhood days.
"Jack, did you hear me?"
"Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard
you. It's been so long since
I thought of him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died
years ago," Jack said.
"Well, he didn't forget you.
Every time I saw him he'd ask
how you were doing. He'd reminisce about the many days you
spent over 'his side of the fence' as he put it," Mom told him.
"I loved that old house he lived in," Jack said.
"You know, Jack, after your father
died, Mr. Belser stepped in
to make sure you had a man's influence in your life," she said.
"He's the one who taught me carpentry,"
he said. "I wouldn't
be in this business if it weren't for him. He spent a lot of
time teaching me things he thought were important... Mom, I'll
be there for the funeral," Jack said.
As busy as he was, he kept his
word. Jack caught the next
flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser's funeral was small and
uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his
relatives had passed away.
The night before he had to return
home, Jack and his Mom
stopped by to see the old house next door one more time.
Standing in the doorway, Jack
paused for a moment. It was
like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through
space and time. The house was exactly as he remembered.
Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of
furniture....Jack stopped suddenly.
"What's wrong, Jack?" his Mom asked.
"The box is gone," he said.
"What box? " Mom asked.
"There was a small gold box that
he kept locked on top of
his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was
inside. All he'd ever tell me was 'the thing I value most,'"
It was gone. Everything
about the house was exactly how
Jack remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone
from the Belser family had taken it.
"Now I'll never know what was
so valuable to him," Jack said.
"I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom."
It had been about two weeks since
Mr. Belser died. Returning
home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox.
"Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please
stop by the main post office within the next three days," the
Early the next day Jack retrieved
the package. The small box
was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years
ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return
address caught his attention.
"Mr. Harold Belser" it read.
Jack took the box out to his
car and ripped open the package.
There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack's hands
shook as he read the note inside.
"Upon my death, please forward
this box and its contents to
Jack Bennett. It's the thing I valued most in my life." A
small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as
tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box.
There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch. Running
his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he
unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved:
"Jack, Thanks for your time! Harold Belser."
"The thing he valued most...was...my time."
Jack held the watch for a few
minutes, then called his
office and cleared his appointments for the next two days.
"Why?" Janet, his assistant asked.
"I need some time to spend with
my son," he said. "Oh, by
the way, Janet...thanks for your time!"
"Life is not measured by the
number of breaths we take but
by the moments that take our breath away."
Have a great day. Oh, and thank you for your time. : )
Subj: The Value Of Time (S320b)
From: mombear1 on 3/16/2003
To realize the value of twenty
Ask a newly divorced couple.
To realize the value of four
Ask a graduate.
To realize the value of one year:
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.
To realize the value of nine
Ask a mother who gave birth to a still born.
To realize the value of one month:
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of one hour:
Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of one minute:
Ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.
To realize the value of one-second:
Ask a person who has survived an accident.
To realize the value of one millisecond:
Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.
Time waits for no one. Treasure
every moment you have.
You will treasure it even more when you can share it with
To realize the value of a friend:
The origin of this letter is unknown,
Subj: How Long A Minute Is? (S451b)
From: RFSlick on 9/7/2005
|How long a minute is
depends on what side of the
bathroom door you're on.
Subj: 1902 - 2002 (S304, S593c)
From: coreymac on 11/26/2002
and From: tom on 6/1/2008
The year is 1902, one hundred
years ago. What a difference
a century makes. Here are the US statistics for 1902.
1. The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven (47).
2. Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub.
3. Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three-
minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
4. There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles
of pave roads.
5. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
6. Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more
heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4
million residents, California was only the 21st most
populous state in the Union.
7. The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
8. The average wage in the US was 22 cents an hour.
9. The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
10. A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per
year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between
$1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer
about $5,000 per year.
11. More than 95 percent of all births in the US took place
12. Ninety percent of all US physicians had no college
education. Instead, they attended medical schools,
many of which were condemned in the press and by the
government as "substandard."
13. Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen
cents a dozen. Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.
14. Most women only washed their hair once a month and
they used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
15. Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from
entering the country for any reason.
16. The five leading causes of death in the US were:
A. Pneumonia and influenza
D. Heart disease
17. The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma,
New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn't been admitted
to the Union yet.
18. The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 60.
19. Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't
20. There were no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
21. One in ten US adults couldn't read or write. Only 6
percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
22. Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over
the counter at corner drugstores. According to one
pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives
buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the
bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."
23. Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least
one full-time servant or domestic.
24. There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire US!
25. Oh, oh, oh, and the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WAS CONSTITUTIONAL,
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years
Subj: How To Stay Young By Anon (s266b)
From: mjsally on 2/24/2002
1. Throw out nonessential numbers.
This includes age,
weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them.
That is why you pay him/her.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more
about the computer, crafts,
gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An
idle mind is the devil's workshop", the devil's name
4. Enjoy the simple things.
When the children are young,
that is all that you can afford. When they are in
college, that is all that you can afford. When you
are on retirement, that is all that you can afford!
5. Laugh often, long and loud.
Laugh until you gasp for
breath. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the
store by your distinctive laughter.
6. The tears happen. Endure,
grieve, and move on. The
only person who is with us our entire life, is
ourselves. Be alive while you are alive, don't put
out a mailbox on the highway of death and just wait
in residence for your mail.
7. Surround yourself with what
you love, whether it is
family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, what-
ever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health. If it
is good, preserve it. If
it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you
can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips.
Go to the mall, the next
county, a foreign country, but not to guilt country.
10. Tell the people you love,
that you love them, at
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number
of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
Subj: 1000 Marbles (S184, S745)
From: RFSlick on 8/9/00
and From: allenbergman on 4/25/2011
The older I get, the more I enjoy
Saturday mornings. Perhaps
it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise,
or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work.
Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most
A few weeks ago, I was shuffling
toward the basement shack with
a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in
the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning, turned
into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time
to time. Let me tell you about it.
I turned the dial up into the
phone portion of the band on my
ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net.
Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a
tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind, he
sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business. He
was telling whoever he was talking with something about "a
I was intrigued and stopped to
listen to what he had to say.
"Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm
sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away
from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young
fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to
make ends meet. Too bad you missed your daughter's dance
He continued, "Let me tell you
something Tom, something that
has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities."
And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "Thousand
"You see, I sat down one day
and did a little arithmetic. The
average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some
live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about
"Now then, I multiplied 75 times
52 and I came up with 3900
which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has
in their entire lifetime.
Now stick with me Tom, I'm getting
to the important part."
"It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all
this in any detail", he went on, "and by that time I had lived
through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking
that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand
of them left to enjoy." "So, I went to a toy store and bought
every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three
toy stores to round-up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put
them inside of a large, clear plastic container right here in
the shack next to my gear. Every Saturday since then, I have
taken one marble out and thrown it away."
"I found that by watching the
marbles diminish, I focused more
on the really important things in life. There is nothing like
watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your
"Now let me tell you one last
thing before I sign-off with you
and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I
took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I
make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little
extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more
"It was nice to meet you Tom,
I hope you spend more time with
your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band.
75 year old man, this is K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good
You could have heard a pin drop
on the band when this fellow
signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I
had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was
going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club news-
letter. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss.
"C'mon honey, I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast."
"What brought this on?" she asked with a smile.
"Oh, nothing special it's just
been a long time since we spent a
Saturday together with the kids.
Hey, can we stop at a toy store
while we're out? I need to buy
Subj: November 19 Was An Odd Day (S146)
From: WSelwa on 11/19/1999
November 19 was an odd day, meaning
that all of the digits
were odd: 11-19-1999. The next odd day after today will be
1-1-3111 (well over a thousand years away), which we will
never see. Days such as 4-13-89 have both even and odd
digits, thus, it is neither odd nor even. The next even day
will be 2-2-2000 (the first one since 8-28-0888).
Now you have a reason to celebrate today as it will be your
last odd day on earth!!!!!
William R. Selwa
Level II Technical Support Representative
QWIZ, Inc., a PRIMEDIA company
The Standard for Testing ? Training
Subj: Back in my day ... (S144)
From: KMacinty in 11/03/1999
The Washington Post Report from
Week 228, in which you were
asked to tell Gen-Xers how much harder you had it in the old
In my day, we couldn't afford shoes, so we went barefoot.
In the winter we had to wrap our feet with barbed wire for
traction. (Bill Flavin, Alexandria)
In my day we didn't have MTV or in-line skates, or any of that
stuff. No, it was 45s and regular old metal-wheeled roller
skates, and the 45s always skipped, so to get them to play
right you'd weigh the needle down with something like quarters,
which we never had because our allowances were way too small,
so we'd use our skate keys instead and end up forgetting they
were taped to the record player arm so that we couldn't adjust
our skates, which didn't really matter because those crummy
metal wheels would kill you if you hit a pebble anyway, and in
those days roads had real pebbles on them, not like today.
(Russell Beland, Springfield)
And the winner of the velour
In my day, we didn't have no rocks. We had to go down to the
creek and wash our clothes by beating them with our heads
(Barry Blyveis, Columbia)
In my day, we didn't have dogs or cats. All I had was Silver
Beauty, my beloved paper clip. (Jennifer Hart, Arlington)
In my day, attitudes were different.
For example, women didn't
like sex. At least that is what they told me. (Tom Witte,
When I was your age, we didn't
have fake doggie-do. We only
had real doggie-do, and no one thought it was a damn bit
funny. (Brendan Bassett, Columbia)
Back in the 1970s we didn't have
the space shuttle to get
all excited about. We had to settle for men walking on the
crummy moon. (Russell Beland, Springfield)
In my day, we didn't have days.
There was only time for work,
time for prayer and time for sleep. The sheriff would go
around and tell everyone when to change. (Elden Carnahan,
In my day, people could only
dream of hitchhiking a ride on
a comet. David Ronka, Charlottesville)
In my day, we didn't have hand-held
calculators. We had to do
addition on our fingers. To subtract, we had to have some
fingers amputated. (Jon Patrick Smith, Washington)
In my day, we didn't get that
disembodied, slightly ticked-
off voice saying 'Doors closing.' We got on the train, the
doors closed, and if your hand was sticking out it scraped
along the tunnel all the damn way to the Silver Spring
station and it was a bloody stump at the end. But the base
fare was only a dollar. (Russell Beland, Springfield)
In my day, we didn't have water.
We had to smash together
our own hydrogen and oxygen atoms. (Diana Hugue, Bowie)
In my day, we didn't have Strom
Thurmond. Oh, wait. Yes we
did ... (Peg Sheeran, Vienna)
Kids today think the world revolves
around them. In my
day, the sun revolved around the world, and the world was
perched on the back of a giant tortoise. (Jonathan Paul,
In my day, we wore our pants
up around our armpits.
Monstrous wedgies, but we looked snappy. (Bruce Evans,
Back in my day, '60 Minutes'
wasn't just a bunch of gray-
haired liberal 80-year-old guys. It was a bunch of gray-
haired liberal 60-year-old guys. (Russell Beland, Spring-
field, and Jerry Pannullo, Kensington)
In my day, we didn't have virtual
reality. If a one-eyed
razorback barbarian warrior was chasing you with an ax, you
just had to hope you could outrun him. (Sarah M. Wolford,
Copyright 1997 The Washington Post Company
Subj: When Does The New Millennium Begin? (S143)
From: scott_pryor on 10/26/1999
I'm getting very tired of hearing
people on tv, radio,
newspapers, etc., incorrectly talking about the new
millennium approaching. Just to set the record straight,
the new century/new millennium starts on Jan. 1, 2001.
Don't belive me? Then check
out the US Naval Observatory's
web site. They are the official time keepers for the
United States. They have more information on time and
time keeping than any normal person would care to read!
Here is the URL: http://www.usno.navy.mil
Subj: The Paradox Of Our Time (S131A, S421)
by Dr. Bob Moorehead
former pastor of Seattle's Overlake Christian Church
From: RFSlick on 8/3/99
and From: CHRISDADDYG on 2/14/2005
(also see 'A Columbine Student Essay' in THOUGHTS-LEARNED2)
The paradox of our time in history
is that we have taller
buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower
viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but
enjoy it less. We have bigger houses and smaller families;
more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but
less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts,
but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness. We
drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh
too little, drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, stay
up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too
much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions,
but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We've
learned how to make a living, but not a life; we've added
years to life, not life to years. We've been all the way to
the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to
meet the new neighbor. We've conquered outer space, but not
inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.
We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've split
the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn
less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to
rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more
information to produce more copies than ever, but have less
communication. These are the times of fast foods and slow
digestion; tall men, and short character; steep profits, and
shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace,
but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more kinds
of food, but less nutrition.
These are days of two incomes,
but more divorce; of fancier
houses, but broken These are days of quick trips, disposable
diapers, throw-away morality, one-night stands, overweight
bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet, to
kill. is a time when there is much in the show window and
nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology can bring
this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to
share this insight, or to just hit delete.
Snoops.com properly attributes
this essay to Dr. Bob Moorehead
The Paradox Of Our Time II (S545)
by Dr. Bob Moorehead
From: darrell94590 on 6/20/2007
This 1,300 KB PowerPoint Show
is an excellent remake
of Dr. Bob Moorehead's 1995 essay in Words Aptly Spoken.
You can watch it on my web site by clicking 'HERE'.
Subj: Reverse Life Cycle (S129b)
From: smiles on 7/21/99
(Also see 'George Carlin's Perfect Life' in QUOTES-COMEDIANS)
The most unfair thing about
life is the way it ends. I mean,
life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you
get at the end of it? A death. What's that, a bonus?
I think the life cycle is all backwards.
You should die first, get it
out of the way. Then you live
in an old age home. You get kicked out when you're too
young, you get a gold watch, you got to work. You work forty
years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement.
You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high
school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play,
you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you
go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months
floating...you finish off as a gleam.
Subj: When To Use The Good China (S129 ? S360b)
From: TA989287 on 7/17/99
and From: Imogenelumen on 12/21/2003
(Also see 'Thoughts of An 83 Year Old Woman' in THOUGHTS-LEARNED2)
I'm reading more and dusting
less. I'm sitting in the yard
and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the
I'm spending more time with my
family and friends and less
time at work.
Whenever possible, life should
be a pattern of experiences
to savor, not to endure. I'm trying to recognize these
moments now and cherish them.
I'm not "saving" anything; we
use our good china and crystal
for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the
sink unstopped, or the first Amaryllis blossom. I wear my
good blazer to the market. My theory is if I look prosperous,
I can shell out 28.49 for one small bag of groceries.
I'm not saving my good perfume
for special parties, but
wearing it for clerks in the hardware store and tellers at
Someday" and "one of these days"
are losing their grip on
my vocabulary. If it's worth seeing or hearing or doing,
I want to see and hear and do it now.
I'm not sure what my cousins
would've done had they known
that they wouldn't be here for the tomorrow that we all
take for granted. I think they would have called family
members and a few close friends. They might have called
a few former friends to apologize and mend fences for past
squabbles. I like to think they would have gone out for a
Chinese dinner, or for whatever their favorite food was.
I'm guessing; I'll never know.
It's those little things left
undone that would make me
angry if I knew my hours were limited. Angry because I
hadn't written certain letters that I intended to write
one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn't tell my
husband and parents often enough how much I truly love them.
I'm trying very hard not to put
off, hold back, or save
anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives.
And every morning when I open my eyes, I tell myself that
it is special. Every day, every minute, every breath truly
is a gift from God.
"People say true friends must
always hold hands, but true
friends don't need to hold hands because they know the
other hand will always be there."
A Brief History Of Time (S124)
From: ossama on 6/10/99
You can read this long, cute history of time
by clicking 'HERE'.
Subj: Thoughts On Time Management (S72)
From: auntieg on 98-06-14
A Lesson in Life
A while back I was reading about
an expert on subject of
time management. One day this expert was speaking to a
group of business students and, to drive home a point,
used an illustration those students will never forget.
As this man stood in front of
the group of high-powered
overachievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz." He pulled
out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a
table in front of him. He produced about a dozen fist-
sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time,
into the jar.
When the jar was filled to the
top and no more rocks would
fit inside, he asked, "Is this jar full?" Everyone in the
class said, "Yes." He said, "Really?" He reached under
the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He dumped
some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel
to work themselves down into the spaces between the big
Once more, he asked the group,
"Is the jar full?" By this
time the class was onto him. "Probably not," one of them
answered. "Good!" he replied. He reached under the table
and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the
sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the
rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question,
"Is this jar full?"
"No!" the class shouted.
Once again he said, "Good!" He
grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until
the jar was filled to the brim. Looked up at the class he
asked, "What is the point of this illustration?"
One eager beaver raised his hand
and said, "The point is,
no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard,
you can always fit some more things into it!"
"No," the speaker replied, "that's
not the point. The truth
this illustration teaches us is: if you don't put the big
rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all."
What are the 'big rocks' in your
A project that YOU want to accomplish?
Time with your loved ones?
Your faith, your education, your finances?
Teaching or mentoring others?
Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you'll never
get them in at all.
So, tonight or in the morning
when you are reflecting on
this short story, ask yourself this question: what are the
'big rocks' in my life or business? Put those in your jar
Subj: Mayonnaise Jar And 2 Cups of Coffee (S326b, S524)
From: LABLaughs.com on 4/27/2003
and From: RDOBRY on 2/1/2007
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 an unanimous "yes."
The professor then produced two
cups of coffee 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. Play with your children. Take time to get
medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play
another 18. There will always be time to clean the house
and fix the disposal. 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
coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you
It just goes to show you that
no matter how full your life
may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee
with a friend."
When things in your lives seem
almost too much to handle,
when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the
mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.
Subj: More Thoughts On Time
From: auntieg on 98-11-21
Suppose that there was a bank
that credits your account each
moring with $86,400.00. It carries over no balance from day
to day. Every evening they delete whatever part of the
balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do?
Draw out every cent of course!!!
Each of us has such a bank.
It's name is TIME. Every morning
it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off
as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good
purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft.
Each day it opens a new account for you and each night it burns
the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposit.
THE LOSS IS YOURS. There is no going back. There is no drowing
against the "Tomorrow".
You must live in the present
on today's deposits. Invest it so
as to get from it the utmost in Health, Happiness, and Success!
The clock is running so make the most of today.
To realize the value of
ONE YEAR , ask a student who failed a
To realize the value of ONE MONTH ,ask the mother who gave
birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are
waiting to reunite.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask the person who missed
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask the person who just
avoided and accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLSECOND, ask the person who won
a silver medal in the olympics.
Treasure every moment that you
have!. And treasure it more
because you shared it with some special, special enough to
spend your time. And remember that time waits for no one.
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present
It's national friendship week.
Friends are a very rare
jewel indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to
succeed. They lend and ear, they share a word of praise,
and they always want to open their hearts to us.
Subj: Slow Dancing (S162)
From: Tom_Adams on 98-12-01
and From: RFSlick on 3/8/00
Have you ever
on a merry-go-round
Or listened to the rain
slapping on the ground?
a butterfly's erratic flight
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last
Do you run
through each day on the fly
When you ask "How are you?"
do you hear the reply?
When the day
do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
running through your head?
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last
We'll do it tomorrow
And in your haste, not see his sorrow?
Let a good friendship die
'Cause you never had time
to call and say "Hi"?
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last
When you run
so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift....
Life is not
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last.
What is life?
It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow which runs across the grass
and loses itself in the sunset.
Subj: Short Thoughts On Time
Reaction Time Test (S476b,d)
Subj: Crazy Fads 1920 to 1999 (S389)
From: igiggle on 7/6/2004
If you read one from before you were born and then read the
90s section you'll realize that people have always been stupid.
Go to http://www.crazyfads.com/ it brought back memories.
Calendar Clock (S305)
From: coreymac on 12/2/2002
It's 160k long. Takes two
minutes to load at 56k.
From: LABLaughs.com on 1/19/2002 (S260)
Capture the moment, whover you are.
None of us is here forever.
From: dogbyte on 9/5/2002 (S260)
There's no future in time travel!
From: LABLaughs.com on 5/16/2003 (S329b)
We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.
-- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
From: igiggle on 5/7/2004 (S380b)
There really is a unit of time called a "jiffy."
It's exactly 1/100th of a second.
From: igiggle on 5/16/2004 (S381b)
Middle age is when you've given up all your bad habits
and still don't feel good.
From: Joke-Of-The-Day-Mail.com on 4/3/2006
(S480b - boxing)
"Yes, time flies. And where did it leave you? Old too soon...
smart too late." -- Mike Tyson
............................Hour glass from Smiley_Central