Thursday, April 29, 2010

Two glasses of wine

OK, so some of you have been noticing that I haven't been posting as often as I used to.
The thing is, I am really, really, super-duper busy. Like, knot in stomach, piles of paper, accidentally double booking appointments, taking the train in the wrong direction kind of busy.

The kind of busy where something's gotta give. And lately that something has been this blog. I started this blog because I love thinking about wellness - nutrition, yummy food, yoga, relaxation, what have you, and I felt truly inspired to share these thoughts with the world. But lately, with everything else that has been going on, it can feel a bit like a homework assignment that hangs over my head and causes me stress. Sort of ironic, huh?

I've had thoughts of transitioning to more of a monthly newsletter format. But I got some incredible feedback from last weeks post about yoga/self-limiting thoughts, that inspired me to keep up with more regular postings. They may be shorter than in the past, and at times I may skip a week of posting.

Just letting ya' know.

So the other day, I was feeling massively overwhelmed when I got a "forward" from my friend Naomi. It was exactly what I needed to remember in the moment, and thought I would pass it on to you.

Two Glasses of Wine:

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."

I never turn down the suggestion to go have a glass of wine with a friend.... So with this as inspiration I am going to sign off and go do exactly that.


Taking in IN:

What are the golf balls in your life?

The pebbles?

The sand....


  1. golf balls: nora, my work, my friends, my art, our wedding

  2. Anonymous's brother: I think Anon above forgot one of his golf balls!!!

    I know what my wine is, and it ain't wine!!!

    Great post nora.

  3. Isn't it ironic when a career in wellness turns stressful? I've been backing off a lot lately for the sake of my own health and happiness. Take good care! :-)