Top of the Morning August 14

Heart, Art, Laughs and Inspiration

Hello Awesome Readers!

Another Monday comes our way.  At least we’re getting closer to fall and cooler temperatures — week by week!

I travel this Thursday to Sacramento to be with family and attend my nephew Jared’s wedding.

So looking forward to it.  Hanging out and finding laughter with my immediate people/family.  We know each other from way back in the day.  HA!

I know one thing for sure — won’t be a dull moment.

I collected these fine 10 for today.

And The Important Things In Life is beautiful.

Thanks for being here today.  Grateful to one and all.


A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table 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 rocks — about 2″ from the top.

He asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them in the jar.

He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

The sand filled up the remaining open areas of the jar.

He then asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous, “Yes!”

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.  The rocks are the important things: Your family, your partner, your health, your children — the 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, your car.

The sand is everything else — “the small stuff.”

“If you put the sand in the jar 1st,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks.”

“The same goes for your life.  If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for things that are important to you.”

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness: play with your children, take your partner out dancing, exercise, work in the garden, a project that needs attention …

There will always be more time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, or fix the garbage disposal.”


~ Author unknown


~ Banksy, Street Artist ~

7 replies
  1. Carol says:

    The hummus board really got my attention. I need an appetizer next weekend and plan to give it a try.

    Have a wonderful time with your family!

  2. Marty says:

    Cheryl, you mentioned your dad was from Butte, Montana as well as Evel Knievel. I recall the news showing him making long, diving jumps via motorcycle over a row of cars. Full throttle!

    My question is what was his biggest challenge to fame and did he die during one of those challenges? Evel Knievel was one of the first “adrenaline junkies” I ever heard of.

    It appears today there are all types and varieties. It’s simply too scary to think of me ever adopting that kind of attitude.

    Well, hold up here! Choosing freeway driving rush hour traffic could put me in the running!

    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Driving in rush hour traffic on a freeway. AGREE! Whether you’re behind the wheel or riding shot-gun!

      Working in the film industry there are 2 departments that are “adrenaline junkies” — and they totally own the rights to the rah-rah thing because what they do is not for all.

      STUNTS – goes without saying for sure: Car crashes, leaping off buildings, trick riding with horses …
      I love one of the t-shirts this department sports on Set. It reads – “GO BIG OR GO HOME.” Indeed.

      SPECIAL EFFECTS – also goes without saying. They blow stuff up – is their biggie that’s impressive. This department loves to sport t-shirts that read, “IF YOU SEE ME RUNNING. TRY AND KEEP UP.” Duly noted.

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