As I mentioned towards the end of our most recent video the demonstration with the oranges, pebbles, sand, and water can be used to explain a far more important life lesson.
Before this, please allow me to thank you for your comments and emails regarding the video. I read one email, from a gentleman based in the UK, to my “team” and boy were they inspired. My oldest daughter asked me when we were shooting the next one!
Now then, let’s get to the alternative, and I dare say, far more important potential meaning of this demonstration.
The bowl is you. Like a bowl, you have a certain capacity.
The oranges represent the most important things in your life… such as your significant other, children, parents, siblings, air, food, water, etc. These oranges represent things that, if lost, would absolutely crush you.
The pebbles represent important things in your life… such as your career, house, car, big screen TV, and your yearly family vacation to Malibu.
These are things we’d like to have but if we lost them, while less happy and maybe a little sad, we would still be able to cope.
The sand represents everything else… the things we do that take us away from the most important and important things in our life. These may vary depending on your culture. For me, watching TV is definitely sand in the bowl.
Finally, the water holds everything together. My faith is my water. It holds everything together and fills in any gaps I have in my bowl (life).
The Moral of the Story
The moral of this story is to make sure to add your oranges to your bowl first while having something or someone in your life to hold it all together.
If you spend all your time and energy (a.k.a. priorities) filling your bowl with pebbles and sand there will be no room left for the oranges. And that, at least to me, would make for a sad life.
Video to Demonstrate
I first saw this particular demonstration done at a church function… here is a video (thanks for the link Lester) for your viewing enjoyment (they use big rocks and small rocks… oranges are more fun if you ask me).
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