Quite simply; if you do one thing today, watch this video!
Quite simply; if you do one thing today, watch this video!
A colleague of mine came to me this morning and told me that she had found something that she knew I’d love. As she had imagined, I really enjoyed it. So much so, that I would like to share it here with you!
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 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 then 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 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 recognise that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favourite 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 your grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. 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!”
I hope this might speak to some of you and remind us all to spend time on what matters!
I started reading this book ages ago and it killed me to have to put it on hold! However, this weekend I got tonnes of uninterrupted reading time and got to finish the whole thing! And, what’s even better is that I absolutely loved it!
Small Little Things, like other books of Picoult’s, follows a number of characters throughout the book. In this novel, we meet Ruth, an African-American Labor and Delivery Nurse; Kennedy, a Defense Attorney; Turk, a White Supremacist, and Brittany, Turk’s wife. These are the central characters that accompany us on our journey of examining racial prejudice that is present in today’s society.
Brittany and Turk arrive in the hospital to deliver their baby and welcome a beautiful baby boy into the world; Davis. However, when Ruth starts her shift and arrives to check on Davis and Brittany, Turk asks to see her supervisor and Ruth is then banned from providing medical attention to the baby. What should Ruth do when she notices that Davis is becoming unresponsive? Does she help the child, or does she follow orders and refrain from engaging in medical care?
Small Great Things cleverly explores the reality of racism in the modern world.
Picoult’s book arrives very aptly as the Black Lives Matter movement is at the forefront of society. It made me step back and question my racial prejudices and try to comprehend what innate beliefs I may have. While I do not consider myself to hold any racial bias whatsoever, Picoult very cleverly shows us that it is not always that simple. Do White people actively try to treat Black people as equal? If so, perhaps instead of trying not to see skin colour, skin colour is all we see. Picoult argues the case of equity versus equality and allows us to view the world from different perspectives; each as unique as the last.
Jodi Picoult held my attention throughout the book. Even when I had not been able to read the book in a long time, I yearned to go back to it. I couldn’t wait until the day when I got my hands on the book again and could accompany Ruth on her journey.
This is definitely a book I would recommend because it has affected me greatly in my day to day life. I now notice little things about people’s behaviours and it makes me wonder how far we have actually come in terms of equality for all. As the blurb on the book states: it is about opening your eyes.
Quite simply this book is a must read!
R E A D I N G
Last night I finished reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – review should be up within the next 24 hours!
I’ve started reading a book on my Kobo app called Sarah’s Key. It was recommended to me by a colleague who saw the movie and said that she thinks I would like the book! So far so good!
For my Miracle Morning practice I’m reading The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel. It’s all about learning how to use The Law of Attraction and explains the different laws that come into play for us. Interesting but sometimes confusing!
W R I T I N G
Over the last three months I’ve been engaged in a very intense research project which I have finally finished writing up this week! It took a lot of time and energy and I am just so grateful for having my own time back again! I am also working on my book review for Small Great Things and it feels so good to be back writing about something that I love again!!
I’ve also just finished writing out my list of goals for the week ahead and am trying to break these down into daily tasks/challenges for myself! There’s something inspiring about looking back on a list that’s all ticked off – such a feeling of accomplishment!
L I S T E N I N G
I’ve been listening to a lot of instrumental music as I’ve been trying to keep myself focused whilst writing academically. I’ve also discovered a website, and forgive me if I’m a bit late to the party, called Brain.fm which is something that you have to sign up to but it plays music that helps you to focus. You can subscribe and pay a fee to get more than the 9 free sessions but that’s not something I’ve done…..!
S M E L L I N G
I’ve been smelling the absolutely beautiful tulips I bought myself during the week! A few friends and I are doing a positivity challenge (I’m hoping to get a calendar of tasks together that you can use if you so wish) and one challenge was to spend €5 on something that would make you happy! I walked into a shop and saw a bouquet of Rainbow Tulips for €4.99 and had to get them! They are divine and they make me so happy every time I see them!!
H O P I N G
Tonight I bought a birthday present for Himself. He works away so for 4 months we are in a Long Distance Relationship (LDR), one which has shocking internet and therefore really crappy opportunities for communication. His birthday falls at the start of April and I am hoping that his present arrives on time! I’m also hoping he likes it! After falling in love with my Fitbit Charge 2 I’ve bought him the Fitbit Blaze! Fingers crossed he loves it as much as I think he will!
W E A R I N G
Disney Christmas PJs! Because, why not!!
L O V I N G
I am really loving my Fitbit, as I’ve stated above! I’ve reached my 10,000 step count every day except for today and one other day during the week! Today is because I’m feeling sick and run down, and the other day was because of working so much… enough said! I am really finding it very motivating and am so grateful for treating myself to it! It’s making me get up and move and that in turn is making me feel so good!
W A N T I N G
There’s very little I actually want right now; apart from winning the lottery etc. However, I really want to get my hands on the newest book by Cecelia Ahern called Perfect. Its the second book in her Young Adult series, the first of which was Flawed. I’m not a huge Cecelia Ahern fan but Flawed was fantastic! I’m really looking forward to it’s sequel!
N E E D I N G
I don’t need anything! I always have more than enough! (That was my affirmation for the week!)
F E E L I N G
I’m feeling a bit run down. You know when you’re busy and you’re just going and going and going…? And as soon as you stop you get sick?! That’s where I’m at! A bit of rest and relaxation now and hopefully I’ll be back to my healthy self in no time!
W A T C H I N G
I’ve just started watching Broadchurch, a drama set in the fictional town of Broadchurch in England, where an 11yr old boy is missing and turns up dead on the beach. This happens in the first ten to fifteen minutes of episode one so there’s no spoilers here!! The show follows the two detectives trying to solve the case, as well as his family and their experience. I’ve watched about four episodes today and am hooked! I’m really enjoying it! Watch the ad below if you feel like this would interest you!
I hope you all have a happy and healthy week!
I’ve been exceptionally quiet here!
I have been working endlessly at college work and have not been able to read at all. I know this might sound very odd but it made me feel so resentful! I’ve been working so hard, day and night, to complete a fairly hefty project and in order to do this I had to sacrifice my reading time. Reading and writing for pleasure were deleted from my schedule; ironic given the fact that the tag line of this blog states “because there’s always time to read!”
I have been slowly reading The Master Key System each morning for 20 minutes as part of my Miracle Morning practice and am looking forward to reviewing it when I finish reading it! Fiction however was pushed to the wayside and, if I’m brutally honest, I missed it so much! It’s almost like a coping mechanism for me. You know that feeling of escape you get when you’re immersed in a fantastic book?! That’s what was missing for me! I felt as though I couldn’t escape the real world anymore. Not that the real world is a place of hurt or hate or torture for me, by any means! I simply missed the bliss of book reading! I’m glad to announce (and yes I’m announcing it because I feel like I have just climbed Everest!) that I have completed the project and can now get back to reading for pleasure as opposed to conducting interventions, researching academic journals and writing up findings! That is, until the next deadline comes a-looming!
As a reward to myself for completing the work, I’ve come to the rural coastline of the West of Ireland! A place where I have no phone reception and no internet! (Except for when I can tether my phone to someone else’s!) Why, you might ask?! To read in absolute peace and quiet!!! I’ve just finished Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and can not wait to write up my review!
So, my fellow bookworms and bloggers, please forgive my absence! I’m back and am so glad and so grateful to be able to read and write and review again!
I’m haunted and horrified by the fact that the Catholic Church has been left to get away with what can only be described as a Catholic Holocaust. It’s a disgrace that nobody will be held accountable for what has happened. Hundreds of innocent children were needlessly and heartlessly discarded, like nothing more than a Piece of dirt. This isn’t a book post, but it’s one I have to reblog. I am ashamed of my country. Absolutely sickened.
When I was in first year in secondary school in 1997, a girl in the year above me was pregnant. She was 14. The only people who I ever heard say anything negative about her were a group of older girls who wore their tiny feet “pro-life” pins on their uniforms with pride. They slagged her behind her back, and said she would be a bad mother. They positioned themselves as the morally superior ones who cared for the baby, but not the unmarried mother. They are the remnants of an Ireland, a quasi-clerical fascist state, that we’d like to believe is in the past, but still lingers on.
The news broke last week of a septic tank filled with the remains of 796 children and babies in Galway. The remains were accumulated from the years 1925 to 1961 and a common cause of death was malnutrition and preventable disease…
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It’s all about paying attention!