The Professor and the Jar of Golf Balls

The Professor and the Jar of Golf Balls —

A professor stood before his philosophy class.

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 a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two Beers 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.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18 holes. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

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 Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked. The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.’

Simchat Torah at the Home of Debi and Michael Nelson – Wednesday October 15th

Join the congregation at the home of Debi and Michael Nelson, to celebrate Simchat Torah!

7:00 PM.

Bring the kids and grandkids! Bring some horns and drums and other instruments of celebration!

The Wandering Jews will be there. Will you? Come join us!

This holiday marks the completion of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings. On Simchat Torah, we read the last Torah portion, then proceed immediately to the first chapter of Genesis, reminding us that the Torah is a circle, and never ends.

Upcoming Wine Club Dates – put them on your calendars!

Saturday 2/21/2015 (Italian wines)
Saturday 4/18/2015 (recent trends)
Saturday 6/6/2015 (west coast tour).

Something New this Summer – Shabbat worship in Homes of Congregants!

This summer, we are trying something new at TSS – we will be holding Shabbat worship services in our homes, rather than at Swain. Everyone enjoys ‘Shabbat under the Stars’ and other special ‘homey’ Shabbat services. So come and support our Summer Shabbat Worship at the homes of our congregants! We’ll be outside on the pleasant evenings, and inside if the weather is not so good.

July 11 – at the home of Shari and Elliot Gluskin

July 18 – at the home of Cheryl and Richie Shadick

July 25 – at the home of Michael and Debi Nelson

August 1 – at the home of Marlene and Jay Plotnick

August 8 – at the home of Don and Judy Belmont

August 15 – at the home of Norman and Jett Sarachek

August 22 – at the home of Roberta and Robert Kritzer

August 29 – at the home of Susan and Stuart Shmookler