Thursday, September 13, 2012

Just one of those days...

There is this tree, a great big maple tree that I pass a few times a week, not too far away from my house... it's leaves have started to change into the glorious shades of fall... bright red - the really neat thing is, on this tree - they are changing in a swirl. The bright red leaves are swirling around the tree like a spiral... leaving the rest, for the moment - green. I want to try to take a picture of it to post the next time I drive by it, I just have to remember to bring my good camera with me - I don't think the camera on my phone would do it justice.

On another note... yesterday was just one of those days. Everything right now is compounded by the intense pain I am in with my damn hip. And I feel like I am constantly complaining about it - and I really hate that. I need medical insurance - so I can take care of myself the way I know I should. Everything is just too expensive otherwise. I am all for the MRI the doctors want to do... the "nerve block" I have heard about... whatever it takes to take this freaking pain away. If only my bank account agreed with me......

Yesterday... my poor husband tried to make me feel better. He really did. But it seemed like nothing he said made anything any better. It was simply forgotten crap... crap that meant nothing to him I know... because otherwise he WOULD have deleted it. (Does that make sense in some warped way!?) It just seemed like everything he said made me more upset. But I know he was really sincere, and really trying. The problem was - I wanted him to say something to make everything "okay" and "better" - but those words didn't exist. He did try though... and it may not have helped as he said it... at least today though, it does... a little.

So... there you have it. Hopefully my memory will be working tomorrow... and I will post some pictures of that tree! But I leave you with a really nice story I read this morning...

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 glasses of wine...

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items 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 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 glasses of wine 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; 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, 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 partner out to dinner. Play another 18. Do one more run down the ski slope. 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 wine represented.

The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of glasses of wine with a friend."

Posted Date: : Sep 27, 2007 10:02 AM

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