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Nominated as one of the BEST POETS (current or in the past) on World Poetry Day, 21 March 2013 - in Dazed & Confused Magazine.

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Included in: My poem, ON THE OCEAN WAVES
International Who's Who in Poetry 2012
Library of Congress ISBN- 978-1-61936-035-8

My poem, The African Man, featured twice during 2012 in the eMagazine, Afritorial


 

Most Recent Blog Post


THE REST IS JUST SAND...
Blog Posted:11/21/2012 8:35:00 AM

 

Painting by Iman Maleki


When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

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 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. 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.



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  1. Date: 11/28/2012 12:04:00 PM
    Su, I like this comparison to life...David

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  1. Date: 11/23/2012 4:06:00 PM
    Where in wherever does "Golf Balls" come into wherever......Jesus Bloody Jones !!!!!!!!

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  1. Date: 11/22/2012 8:38:00 AM
    I'll keep this very beautiful story to share Su. Thank you so much.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 11/23/2012 3:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are welcome, Leonora. <3
  1. Date: 11/21/2012 8:04:00 PM
    Love this story, Suzette!

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 11/22/2012 7:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :-)
  1. Date: 11/21/2012 5:35:00 PM
    this is a very nice analogy, Su!! Happy thanksgiving to you too. even though you are not in the US!

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 11/22/2012 7:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, Andrea. :-)
  1. Date: 11/21/2012 9:52:00 AM
    Yes Su, this is so very true should be remembered by all.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 11/21/2012 12:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Seren. Family ties are important to me. I think that it is because I am so far from my daughter (she lives and works on the other side of the world) that this holds a special message with me. Love, Su
  1. Date: 11/21/2012 9:39:00 AM
    This story has made the e-mail rounds many times over the last 10 years, but it is always worth reading again, it makes a very nice blog topic

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 11/21/2012 9:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hallo, Francine. Yes, I copied it from fb (the first time I have seen it). Hope you are having a nice day :-) Love, Su
  1. Date: 11/21/2012 9:10:00 AM
    Very sweet story wish I could share a beer with you. Light & Love

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 11/21/2012 9:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It has been a hot day here today - yes, a light beer will go down well now and shared with you, Deb. Love, Su

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