The Little Things in Life

Do you ever wonder why we place so much emphasis upon material goods to make us happy?  Do you ever try to plan out your life and freak out when it doesn’t pan out as planned?  Do you ever worry that you aren’t spending enough time doing what you enjoy or want?  Certainly it’s important to work hard and this might mean long hours in the office.  However, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t sacrifice what makes you happy in the long run.

Yesterday I listened to Seth Myers and Mike Shoemaker speak about his new show, The Awesomes.  We were able to watch a sneak preview of the show and then hear Seth and Mike talk about their experience with making the show.  My dad happened to ask a question regarding work-work balance.  I’d say work-life, but in this case, they were bouncing between their late night gigs and their personal side pet project.

Seth said the inspiration for the show occurred during their quasi-vacation period when things were a little slower.  However, when they started working on the project, they had already returned to their full time gigs (SNL for Seth and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for Mike), which made things a bit more difficult.  However, they made it a priority to find time to collaborate and ultimately make the show a reality.  Basically Seth said that no matter what’s going on in your life and you have a passion, you’ll make time for it.

It’s easy to get carried away and forget about the things that matter most to you.  One wonderful professor gave each of us a jar, representing how we choose to prioritize our life.  He filled it with sand, pebbles, a golf ball, and topped it all with water.

IMG_3165The golf balls represent the most important things to you in your life.


The small stones represent the important things in your life that require your attention.

The sand represents the required, every-day minutia that fills your life.  The liquid represents that there can always be time to grab coffee/a drink with a friend or someone new in your life.

Take into consideration what is important to you and how it fits into your life. If you spend too much time focusing on the every-day minutia (sand), you no longer have enough space for other important elements such as friends, family, exercise, exploring, cooking, or whatever it may be.
With that, enjoy your Friday and enjoy the weekend!  What sorts of things matter in your life?

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