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Jiva Masheder
Thought-Provoking Stories
This humorous story may help you see how to fit in the most important things in your life, without getting bogged down in the small stuff!
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Emily
Glass jar story
I learned that life is full with only the most important things like family and friendships and passions and it is just as full of you add pebbles (house, job etc) which fill in the gaps and still full of you add sand (the little things like exams, prep etc) which fills in more gaps. So again; all you need to have a full life is the big golf balls and pebbles and sand don’t really change how full your life is
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Grace
“Theirs always time to have a beer”
I learned not to worrie about the little things and to focus and what makes you happy
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Roxanne Faye
Thought-Provoking Story Realization
I'm alone and bored today at our house. But guess what? Good thing I have listened to this! The story was a nice representation about life and the things that matter. It made me realize that instead of cursing about being at the present state, why can't I just take and thank this time because I can now have my Me Time? I can now use this time to develop my personal growth more through the internet. What a nice day it is! ✨
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Olivia
4/5/18
I’ve been having trouble balancing school work and friends and family and karate all at the same time. Life was getting really stressful. This story was a really good one for me today. Helped me alot
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Tammy
What is most important
Great life lesson we all need to put into practice. Take care for the big things in your life. Like your spouse,family,kids,friends, health and your passion. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
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Reflection
I learned that I shouldn’t spend so much time on the little things because in the end they don’t matter
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Victor
Jar story
I learned that I should focus on the more important things in life before dealing with small insignificant things
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Sophie
I liked what the story represented but felt it could have been delivered in a much more calming tone
Golf balls are important, I don’t find British female voices soothing, Sorry xx
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Ema
Reflection
I learnt that we should focus on the important things in life, although I do believe that the smaller things do matter too because little things can make a difference.
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Mikayla
Stress
I learned that I am focusing on the little that make me stress so I need to focus on the smaller things.
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Richard
Self care.
Self care can be challenging to say the least. With the weight of everyday life resting on our shoulders we some how forget to take time to care for ourselves, yes there is always time to let go of the small stuff and reflect. Just breathe, and let go. For we only have now not a minute more. Namaste sweet beautiful souls.
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Matthew
Rerun?
I know I've listened to to this story before here at Aura, yet I did not see where I had commented. I thought I had!
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Adrienne
More important than .....
I love this. It just goes to show that we always fill our life with things that seem so important in the moment but after a while we realize that it’s not so important. That we could have put our more important things in life first.
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charlize
Thought provoking
Wow, this really made me realise that I shouldn’t sweat over the smaller things in life - bigger are coming ❤️
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Jada
Self Awareness
This made me think all about my family, and my friends and how they are all more important than just doing what I want to do.
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Amanda
Sunday
Even though it’s Sunday and I typically freak out I need to remember the important things.
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Anna
Meaning
I realized that it can be so easy to get caught up in the small day to day things and before you know it, years have passed full of these meaningless gestures. If one wants to be fulfilled at the end of her life then she must take time to appreciate those around her.
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Taylor
Some things are more important than others
Sometimes I focused too much on small things, that when the important things come, they just can’t “fit”. Regulating everything in your life can just about save you when it’s time.
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Cameron
Nice!
I really enjoyed this one. There is room for other stuff, but focus on what’s most important that fills your life the fullest ☺️
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maddie
the important things
this story helped me realize what’s actually the most important in life. The story’s example of the golf ball is supposed to be all the important things like health, family, friends, and the things you admire most. The pebbles are all the other little important things that kinda help out with the golf balls. Then there’s sand, the things that don’t really mean that much but we focus so much on them and never actually have time to focus on the things that matter most.
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Rolando
Focus on what matters
Today I learned that I need to value what’s important in my life instead of things or people that only prove to be obstacles in my life. Those are the distractions that
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Jazmine
Learning
I learned that there is always more room to improve your life.
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Lauren
Life
I learned that life is more than the small things. Your family, friends, and passions are what truly matter.
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Lauren
Life
I learned that there is more to life than the artificial stuff. What’s most important is your family, friends, and passions.
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Aashie.S
What’s most inportant
I felt good after hearing this story because now I know don’t always focus on the small things in life
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Kay
Ugh. Heavy.
What I used to be “passionate” about is now only a job — a thing I’ve gotten pretty good at. In the process of trying to lighten that up, it’s filled more & more of the space between the big stuff (the golf balls of family, friends, pets) that —well—I really don’t know what will happen. I try to stay passionate so the job will at least rate a pebble’s worth of size, but it just makes more pebbles that grind against each other into sand, & push the golf balls out. I’m not allowed to have a beer, but if I was, I like to think the foam would fizz the small stuff out, leaving the golf balls behind.
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Shea
4/22
I just can’t sleep the story didn’t help but it didn’t hurt
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Hogla
Wow
What is important is many thing but sometimes there is room for fun
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Maritza
Sand
The sand is the little things and if u put the sand first there won’t be room for the important things
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Courtney
I noticed
I should spend more time focusing on myself and my family then on the small stuff in life that does not matter so much. And my happiness is more important than the little things
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Dome
What’s most important
I learned that I focus too much on the small things in life and give them too much importance
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Rhiannon
What’s most important
I learnt that I don’t even have time to focus on the little stuff never mind the big stuff
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Jaci
The end 😂
At the end it said there is always room in life to have a beer that was funny 😄 I learned that if you spend time on the small things in life before you know it the big things will be gone
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Kal
🌸
I noticed that I sweat the small stuff too much. It’s important to focus on the things in life that really matter and I can’t forget that.
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David
I noticed
I noticed that I should be focusing on the big stuff like the golf balls I have clarified to myself what the big stuff are. it doesn’t matter what the Sand is it doesn’t matter what the pebbles are. that will come with time also remember distractions are out there and they are so only meant to do just that, distract you re-focus your mind on what you consider golf balls. The beer is what helps you realize how special you are. Take time away from the beer sometimes to focus on the golf balls. Though the beer isn’t that bad
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Keraa
Life
I Should Focus On The Bigger Things In Life Because There Will Always Be Time For The Little Things. If Not, Then My Life Would Still Be Full With/Without Them.
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Violet
Deep thinking
If you allow the littlest things get to you. You’ll never be happy
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Brittany
Life Priorities
I love this story! A great reminder to put the things and people who matter most first. If you prioritize, you’ll still have time to enjoy the small things that comfort you. If you prioritize the things that don’t matter much, you miss out on the best parts of life.
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Flora
What’s most important?
I’ve been sweating the small stuff when I really should be focusing more on what really matters. Thank you for this.
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Erin
I noticed
My husband is constantly sweating the small stuff and it puts me in a terrible mood because it’s so negative!!! The worst part is...I didn’t even really notice until the story 🤭
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Olivia
Interesting
I need to be better at prioritizing the big things in my life and not become hung up
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Jalessa
I felt annoyed angry sad and worthless today
I learned that threw the hard u can always find some good or have good
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Tina
Focus vs priorities
Dont stress the small stuff! It doesnt matter! Vhere focus goes energy flows.
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Arielle
I learned...
I learned that I need to focus more on the important things in life rather than worry about something very tiny and overall won’t effect me too much.
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Ana
Today was a good day until I broke my tooth but I noticed how I am starting to get this FLVS togethe
I learned that things take time and enjoy today . Things that are important are what helps me grow but also take life lightly because u only have one
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Lexi
I learned...
That I definitely focus on the small stuff way too much. I need to make more time for my family & things I love, instead of constantly doing chores and working.
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Morgan
Focused on small things
I learned that I do focus on small things and I need to stop I’m glad I downloaded this app!!!
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Claudia
I need to enjoy my family more😍
I learned not to sweat the little stuff. I will spend more time making great memories with my family and not allow work to take over my life!
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Nadia
Me
What is most important, my golfball, right now is myself. I need to know myself and build myself in order to be who I want to be
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Selena
I learned
I learned that there’s so many ways to look at life, and I just realized that I’m exactly where I am suppose to be in life. This is amazing.
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Emillee
I felt
That I need to be more myself because life is seen as many ways but doing what you love and being with who you love are two of the most important things in life
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Cynthia
Understanding
Today I been holding on too the stress. I work in a busy office and it’s gets so hectic especially doing the job of 3. Hearing the water weight story help me understood the tiredness I been feeling carry the weight of my job home and everywhere I go. I’m going to try harder to leave all the stress at work and be more happy after
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Emely
The little things are just that—little.
I learned that the little things are little. I should not over think the little things. I should focus on the things most important to me.
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maddie
Daily life
Recently my friends have been horrible when working in a group project. At the time I thought it was a big deal and now I realised I can’t spend all my time worrying about it because it isn’t that important in the grand scheme of life.
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Barb
Feeling sad.
Even though I lost my Dad there are still people in my life that I can concentrate on.
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Barb
Feeling sad.
Even though I’m grieving there are still others in my life I can concentrate on.
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Gloria
Okay
Ive come to realize that it is okay to take little breaks inbetween school, ive been so stressed out due to exams this week and i tend to take naps and such.
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Theresa
Don’t worry so much about all of the small details.
You are so much more then all of the small mistakes you make.
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Selena
Helpful
A lot of things in life can be more of a distraction than anything else. Only focus on what’s really important.
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tori
happi
i need to accept myself for who i am and love myself more. i’m a strong, beautiful and independent woman and i love myself and ain’t nobody gonna take me down.
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Chloë
Optimistic
Focus on the important things in life and the rest will fall into place.
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alex
spending time
i learned that there is always room for improvement and you always have to make sure you spend time with friends and family.
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Cara
What’s Most Important
I learned that there are many things in life some important “golf balls” some less important “peddles” and things that aren’t Important “sand” and your life is a “jar” and if you focus on the least important things first then the “golf balls” won’t fit but is you focused on the “golf balls” then everything will fit in place.
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Jess
What’s most important
I love this story, I’ve heard it before but it was a nice reminder of what’s most important...
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Angelina
Family
I’m having trouble with suicide, this made me feel that there’s more than just ending it, there’s stuff to always do.
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Lila
Issues
I’ve been going through a really tough time lately and this made me notice everything more clearly and how I’m making all these problems myself and instead of focusing on all the bad and small things in life I should be focusing on the more important things in life.
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Jasmine
Take time for the golf balls!!!
I learned that I need to focus on the big things! Focus on family more, progressing!
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Shelby
I l
To balance life you must organize yourself ina way of which you are capable to do so. Come with the right perspective.
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Macy
Feels
I learned that you have to treat yourself and relax yourself when your stressed. I liked it and I felt like I wanted to go to sleep.
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Nat
Noticed
I noticed that whatever comes in life you still need to go and go and go. Just put family and safety first in life.
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Kyhlie
Stories
I learned that, you need to put the most important things first and worry about one thing at a time.
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Taylor
Life
Stress will always be there but you need to worry about the bigger things that matter not the smaller things!
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Zach
Priorities
Take care of the most important things first and priorities for life are crucial to achieving dreams and goals
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kate
beer
i have to prioritize the things that make me happy or else i leave no room for happiness
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Emily
9:51 am
I really like the ending of the story because i can relate to the story.
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Emilie
Life lesson
Stop overthinking and try to enjoy the little things and moments which really matter
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josi
Relax
i noticed that just a few minutes a day to relax and listen to something calming really does help
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Jaro
First thing first
I learned to take care of the most important things first. The first thing first thought me to put most important thing first and let me made better choices.
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Ana
Whats really matter
sometimes we spend so much time of our lives worrying so much about small things, petty things, that they end up taking over our lives. but life is much more than that. we have to give value to the things that really matter, that really add to us and make us grow, that make us happy and complete. Family, friends ... are things that we must give value, because the material things come and go, and it is precisely the family and friends that we have and will always be with us.
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Dina
Understood
I spend most of my time doing the small things that I have completely neglected the big things, it’s quite sad cause now I don’t have a life outside of my work. I hope I can regain those big important things back.
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Marzia
Jar with golf balls and sand
If we put the sand in first, ie focusing on the small things in life, we don’t have room for the golf balls, ie the more important things in life.
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Mercedes
Family and Beer
Similar to the Weight of Water story, this particular one has the moral focus on what matters. However, this one shows that if you focus on the little negative things in your life (represented by the sand) there will never be room for anything else. So the important things in your life should be your family, your job, and making sure you have time to sit back and relax with your favorite drink in between. And if you focus on these things, the sand won’t even matter and that is the mentality I strive for.
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Janet
My jar is full
I learned that we make our lives complicated by worrying so much with the sand and pebbles of our lives. Never interpret your pebbles as your golf ball because you may be carrying so much already and it might exhaust you in the end confused,end up having lesser golf balls with more pebbles and sands.
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Joyce
Big rocks first #2
Nice perspective on this story and made me smile at the end- I wasn’t expecting that comment. Namaste
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Audrey
What matters
I need to spend more of my summer doing summer things rather than worrying about work. Friend time is what really makes my jar feel full, work just fills the spaces.
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Alexis
Good reminder
Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the little things. This was a nice reminder to focus first on what is most important.
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Koty
Disappointing
Disappointing that this is simply an audible version of a story that has been circulating the internet for years now.
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Ashley
Intake
You should focus on the most important things and not let the little things get in the way
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Linda
What’s most important.
Another delightful story to help me on my journey figuring out what to do with the rest of my life! I had a nice productive day and even got to take the pups for a walk after the sun went down - one of the most important things. Lovely, Aura!!
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Evan
Gold ball story
It made me think about what were more important in life, and I thought of a few real life examples.
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Dawn
Cute and sweet story
I realized I spend more time and energy focusing on the sand and pebbles of my life rather than the golf balls. My papa may have been dependent on drinking but he always made time for the golf balls in his life. I wish I could tell him I love him.
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Destiny
Sleep
You really need to just chill, take some time and breath and make your self comfortable.
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Morgan
I liked it a lot
It really opened my eyes about how important your family and friends are over your job or your bills or your home.
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Lincoln
It helped me notice
That small things aren’t the most important part of my life. My family, friends, and more.
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Anita
I felt comfortable, relaxed and energized.
I learned that I could be relaxed and focused. I enjoyed the retelling of this “what’s important” story and it’s message is invigorating. Reminded me of it’s point to be mindful of the important “golf balls” and the little things will still fit in and there’s always time for a “beer”.
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Chloe
What’s most important?
This made me realize to not sweat the small stuff. Take care of your family
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Becky
What’s most important
People are more important then all the little stuff I spend my time on. That’s why I would like to find some old friends I haven’t talked to for decades to see how their lives turned out.
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Suhani
Very nice and true.
When I finished listening to this story I realised that I have been doing the small things in my life and I didn’t prioritise things. I have been spending my days doing the small things and I think it’s time to prioritise things before it too late. And I really liked the philosophy.
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Nathan
Worry
We worry way too much! If I would just let myself focus on the stuff that matters, all the other stuff will just fall behind it. That’s the only way to have peace and joy. I seek God first, then family then all other things can fall behind. It’s time to start living loved and in love enjoying life and stop merely surviving in stress.
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Erin
De stress
Just relax lay in a bath & lay in bed & relax & write a journal & have a nice relaxing cup of tea & do nothing for the rest of the night
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Patty
Have a beer
A sweet story that simply states “don’t sweat the small stuff” and no matter what’s going on, there’s always time to have a beer. This session made me smile and feel happy. Just what I needed today. Thank you Aura. 💙🌷
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April
Feeling Full
I need to make the most out of ever day. I need to fill my entire day with as much good as I can
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Walter J
Filling...
That’s the best version of that parable I have heard yet!! Great reminder... What are you filling your life up with?? Golf balls of Relationships, Pebbles of work & play or Grains of busy-ness & TV watching? Regardless, if it’s only 1 or all three, there is alway room for a 🍺!! Love it and live it!! ❤️🍻
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Jennifer
Priorities
This was the perfect message for prioritizing the day ahead. I have many tasks to catch up on after vacation, but must put my health first and exercise!
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Debbie
Life
I’m facing a day of challenge. It can be overwhelming but as I see all the challenges before me, there’s not a lot I can actually control. I choose to accept it and be present with myself. Love and truth will guide me.
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Elizabeth
Breathe
This forces me to slow down and drop expectations and relax
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Pesha
Feeling great!
This was just a constant reminder to take a breath and not sweat the small stuff. Life is full of great opportunities and memories waiting to be made. Don’t ruin it by focusing on all the small stuff that goes wrong.
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Mary
Enjoying Things In Life that Matters Most
I learned that enjoying the important things in life still give you room for the small stuff and a beer
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Mary
Enjoying Life
I learned to enjoy the important things in Life and still have room for the small stuff
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Nolan
I learned
I learned to drink beer jk fr that ur life doesn’t need sand or pebbles or even beer to be complete it’s the golf balls u need to b happy with ur life and what ur doing with it ur job is a golf ball u spend 62 percent of ur life if u start at about 18 and go till 62 if ur not happy what is the point of ur life it’s not to help the world or Make it better it’s make u happy and make ur golf balls what u want them to b
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Jordan
It’s me
I’ve learned that the reason why I’m stressed out is because I don’t know which things should go before others. I haven’t figured out my own system.
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Tyler
Priorities
Understanding your personal priorities is necessary to make your life fulfilling. Otherwise you will spend a lot of time trying to unpack your life just to find balance.
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Tina
gratitude
this showed me to be thankful and to cherish all the important things in my life. it taught me to always remember that whatever is most important to me is what i should put first, and that other people can wait while i take care of myself.
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Sofia
Focus
This helped me to realize that I need to focus more of myself to the more important things in life instead of spending my time on things that don’t really matter.
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Savannah
Life
I learned that through all of the things in life, that those golf balls will always be there, no matter what.
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Chris
Recipe for Happiness
1 Jar 7 Golf Balls 3 cups Pebbles 1 cup Sand 2 Beers 1. Set the jar in a safe place. This is your vehicle of life; it’s the only one you have. 2. Gratefully add golf balls. Take your time, as these are what matter most to you and fill your life with joy. Place them with discretion and forethought as they can break the jar; but without them life is empty. 3. Lovingly add Pebbles. These are what make the golf balls possible. 4. Respectfully, add sand, because in life, sand happens. It gets into the least expected places, but without it we’d have no pearls. 5. Finally, add the two beers. After all, there’s there’s always time for a couple beers with friends. ❤️ You’re welcome. 💋
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Soleil
Important things in life
This aura is very inspiring. I have to learn how to focus on the important things in life other then the other things.
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Liz
What I learned
We take a lot of things for granted in life, but in the end, it only comes down to the important things that matter
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Cate
Grateful
I was again reminded that if you take care of the important things in your life, everything else will fall into place.
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Sanique
Letting go
From the first audio I learned that I need to let he small things go so that I can worry about the the bigger obstacles in life that really matter. I also learned that some of the small things u can’t even control. I know that if I sit and worry about the small things or things I can’t control then those small things are going to over power the bigger things that matters the most.
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Belinda
Today’s Lesson
I learned that my primary focus must always be those within my inner circle....
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Verenise
What’s important
I need to realize what is most important to me and focus on that. Everything else is there, but what gives me life? If I work so much on all the small things, that which is most important may be neglected and life may be unfulfilling.
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Gionna
What’s Most Important?
This being my second interaction with Aura, I’m beginning to see the appeal. Although I had heard the story before, I found it very relaxing, uplifting, and motivating.
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Emily
Amazing
I love the whole story it really put me into perspective on life Great to hear before bed
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Robert
Enjoy the beer.
I am learning not to spend too much time on the sand and the small rocks. Enjoy your life.
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Jeanette
Golf Balls
I am learning not to spend too much time on work or worrying about work my family and my health come first now. not the stress. I work I. The golf industry so this was very apt for me 😘😀 thank you Aura loving it so far xx
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Torsten
The story is true...
apart from the beer part. That was a knew twist on that story to me.
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Kennedy
August 1st | PB day 3 part 2
This story put a lot into perspective because it made me think about the people that matter most in my life and how I’ve neglected them to a certain degree. How I’ve neglected my passion for small things that don’t matter in the end. I really liked this story :)
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Ashley
What is important
I did not learn that my family, partner, or friends are important; I have always known that these people are important. However, what I did learn is that I need to back away from the small stuff. The small stuff is important in my life having a job and earning money is vital to my life, but it is not on the same level as my family, partner, and friends. If I fail to nurture those relationships all I will be left with is the small stuff, and honestly that would suck because the important stuff is what makes my life Happy. Ash
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Steel
Family first
We need to put family and loved ones before the small things that don’t matter
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Sally
Nice reminder
This story is a great reminder to what is important in your life. Don’t waste time on the small things focus on family and what what makes you happy.
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Sheyenne
Amazing
Absolutely loved this❤️ it really helped me in this time that I needed this and I feel a million times better than I did when I started this!
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Naydeline
The Little Things Can Wait
A reminder to take the time to do what you’re passionate about and spend time with people you love. The little things [like that meeting or shopping] can wait. If you spend your time worrying about the little things, you’ll never have space for the big things that matter.
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Liv
How full your life is
Sometimes we need to focus on the things that really matter in life and pause on the small things. If your life is full of the small things that don’t really matter then you will have nothing that seems really important to you.
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Nina
What is Important
You should take care of the important things and your life will be full
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Matthew
How many stories?
How many versions of this story exist here at Aura? Not that I mind hearing different story tellers presenting it, but I never seem to see my past responses in the attached notes! Anyway...I KNOW well which things are most important in my life! That doesn't stop me from striving for the more. The better. Even now, when all of my best-laid plans, those I've been working and striving toward so hard for so long are crashing down around my ears, I’m still striving and reaching! My wife, my children, are just TOO important to me to curl up in bed and give up completely! They're ”what’s most important”!
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Maggie
Golf Balls
Connecting with what’s important will prevent you from giving too much space in your life to other things
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Dan
life lesson
Although I say family, friends, and what drives me are most important, and even my job, I sometimes forget to make them the key components. I sometimes let the sand make too much room in metaphorical jar. I will try not to let that happen anymore. Thank you for this reminder
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Nina
What it taught me
I learned that all those materialistic money, small things don’t matter as much as beings you love. Without finding that love, eventually you will grow to learn it gets very lonely. So cherish those you love.
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Emma
Focus
I learned what I need to focus on and stop caring and worrying about the small things.
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Nikko
Great!
Yes! This was great! It shows there is always room. When we think we can’t do more, we can. Done sweat the small stuff.
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Kellee
Tired Thursday 8-23-18
Life’s Story. This consist of putting all your golf balls in the jar first, which are the meaning of your family, friends and loved ones. Take time for this. Then you have peoples and sand, which are the small stuff in life. Then there is beer. There is always room for a beer😀thank you, Aura! Have a nice day Everyone!
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Suanne
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
A gentle reminder for me not to sweat the small stuff: If you take care of the most important things in life, such as your family and your most trusted friends, no matter how stressed you are about your life, for instance, due to work and school etc., your life will always still be fulfilling. Your career, chores, duties etc are significant but not the most vital thing in your life; when the most important and fulfilling things in life has been taken care of, you may take care of your job. The sand is a metaphor for the smallest things in life such as your worries. Worries do not change the situation you are facing; in fact, if it takes so much space in your life, you cease to remember to live at all.
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Klaudia
Things
The most important thing is to Keep your passions up and take care of what's really matter. The rest is a matter of free time.
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Abhi
Things in life
Important things deserve attention and those that make u happy do too.. it’s all about balancing relationships and career that makes life joyful!
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Kristina
Don’t sweat the small stuff!
What a great analogy and life lesson! It really helps put things into perspective! The small stuff, or distractions, are way too time consuming! I will try to focus more on family and friends! And there is always room for a beer!😊
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Kevin
Good one!
I’ve heard many versions of this, but I like the twist of the beer at the end
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Cyndee
Life is precious, don’t waste it🌅
This is my favorite version of this story and I’m so glad I chose to listen to this as I start my day. It’s given me the best perspective on life in general and I started thinking about how last week, it bothered me that my house was cluttered and that I struggled at work with a relapse of back pain. I went to work everyday and tried to think positive thoughts such as, this is just temporary and it’s going to get better. Today, my back hardly bothers me at all, my positive attitude about what was going on in my life was really the best choice I could’ve made. Reflecting back, if I would’ve given into the situation, gone with the pain and the stress of having to work with it , it just would’ve been a waste of my precious life!🙏🌞
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Abigail
The Important Things in Life
This reminded me that we should always prioritize what’s important to us.
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jo
filling jar
it is good to get the most important tasks taken care of first, because others can wait. if you spend too much time on the small things, you’ll miss out on big opportunities
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Susan
What's Most Important
This story had been popping up a lot lately but I had heard it before; however, I listened again today because I finally realized the story needed to tell me something. I am reminded that the big stuff is not my job or worldly goods. I need to fill my with with what makes me happy.
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Nevaeh
~LIFE~
I felt that I learned that life means so much more than what we think
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Demi
Small stuff
focusing on the smartest things is a waste of time and energy. I should focus on the things that matter to me and my well being.
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Jacqueline
It is important to identify what matters most to oneself to make time for these things.
I learned that it is often humans, passions, and human connections that are most important in life.
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Sam
Tea instead of beer.
I have herd this story before and loved the imagery it brings. I don’t drink so I imagined tea instead of beer. 😉
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Caleb
calmness
i felt tension release and worries fade as my imagination and comfort expanded throughout my entire body. it was rejuvenating and calming and reassuring. all in all a beautiful experience.
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Valentina
Your life.
We have to learn to care about the important things. But I want to add that first of all we must recognize what is THE most important in your life, cause not always is the same in others.
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Laura
everything is relative
I learned that this story would be a good reminder when everything goes wrong that I still have the golfballs
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Jess
10/15
I feel good. even though it was a story I have read before, it was calming. the voice that read the story was calming. the music that played post-story was sweet. the thought of the story when it played out today was stressful but...I'm calm.
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Natasha
Peace and sadness
Need to refocus on what really matters in life for me to find my inner peace
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Sallie
My first session
I’m wasting time worrying about small and insignificant things too often
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Marie-Ange
Lost energy
I lose so much energy just worrying about things that doesn’t even matter. It’s really draining and that makes me always tired because my brain just never stops thinking and being anxious. If only there was a switch to stop all that!
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Rylie
Time and things
I realized that I am so caught up in little things such as success, wealth and not being a failure that i’ve pushed out the most important things like my family and my walk with God. This is not a religious story but either way it is eye opening!
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Debb
What’s Most Important
This has always been one of my favorite stories, but I have never before heard this version with the 2 beers. Cute ending! 😉
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Kathy
Fulfilling Life 😉
This is a great story and it helps us to sort out what aspects of our lives are of most importance to us and require our attention. However, it is dutifully noted that there is always room for pleasure!!
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Chloe
This hit me hard
I learned that I need to stop over thinking and over analysing all the small things and focus on the bigger things in life that truky matter and that truly are helpful and necessary.
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Cierra
I felt inspired
I love this story 💓 made me think about my life and how I could feel my "jar" up more
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Yasin
learn
i learn that from this story ,. it's my time deserve to spend to more important item than movie or hanging out
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Tiffany
Priorities
I want my life to have meaning. So I find ways to contribute based upon my values and experiences. When I allocate my time based upon my values, I feel accomplished, accepted and valued.
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Alejanda
how to identify what to let go?
I find difficult to choose what to let go, too many things and I have not the strength to do it at the same time.
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Tracy
Tend to your own garden
I learned that checking in with my priorities and goals can be helpful during stressful times. I learned that you can always take a minute or two to just be here now. And that is most important of all
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Ashley
Filling Your Glass
I learned that we should always focus on the important things first; the others can wait. If we fill our glass with the “little stuff” first we will find that there’s no room for the important things!
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Jess
Great perspective
I definitely learned not to worry so much about the little things. I know it’s easier to say. But I am definitely going to try to focus on the golf balls in my life :))
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Josylin
Consideration
I never realized the importance of focusing on the other big things and not the little things.
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Debs
breathing
I learned that breathing is so important Focus on that and feeling mentally healthy is possile I would I could do that again and for longer Unfortunately Payin for that is not an option
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Elisabeth
Over the top
Things can pile up and become overwhelming if we allow it. I will Navigate through the little obstacles while concentrating on the most important things/people. Healthy foods, water and sleep is enough for now.
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Ashley
What’s Most Important?
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this philosophy. I love it and enjoy listening to it every time. It’s such a important and great lesson for us in life. Focus on the big things that matter(the golfballs) our family, our health, our spouse, God. The pebbles represent the things that matter but not so much like our car, house, job, etc. the sand is everything else all the small stuff. No matter what we must take care of the big things that matter before the small stuff. If we focus so much on the little things or the pebbles and sand then there is no room for the important things. The golfballs come first always! Everything else comes next or last. Enjoy time with your family, play with your kids, things like that. There will always be time to clean and go shopping or whatever. But the time doesn’t with the people that really matter or taking care of them is the most important. This was such a great remainder for me with some many things that I juggle and do! Great start to my day 🥰
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Taylor
Its all about Perception
Some people weigh different aspects of your life, but family is the most important. Never let anything take higher priority over the people you love
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Sean
Alright
I’ve heard this story before but slightly different. The other one had rocks Instead of golf balls and didn’t have beer. I liked this one more though. The other one I listened to after he asked if it were full I said no because you can still fit a liquid in between the gaps in the sand.
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Alexis
i like it
I've heard this story before and I was little by that time and it didn't make sense to me at first until I heard it again and now I understand it more clearly
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Nawshin
day 8
i learned that i should stop worrying so much about the little things and focus on what’s really important to me, if i can establish putting what’s important first then everything else should fit into place and i’ll be happy
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Laura
What’s most important
I’ve heard some variations of this story before, but this one is the most amusing one, and best describes the things that matter and those that don’t. Namaste.
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Imani
Worrying
I liked this story because it helps me realize how much I worry about details and little things when I have bigger issues going on.
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Leah
Priorities
I noticed how often I fill my jar with sand as the first step. Always starting in the wrong places, then getting worried, anxious, or tired by the time I have to focus on the golf balls. I learned that I must put the golf balls first, then add the pebbles and if I’ve still got enough energy I’ll pour the sand in.
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Jen
My world is black and white
It hasn't been like this since 4th grade but here we are again
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Victoria
Staying True
i learned that no matter what, stay true to yourself and you will always prevail.
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Muskan
importance
I learned we should take care of our imporatent people surrounding us in our life
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Talia
wrong
they told the story wrong. the beer represents that there is always time to have a beer with friends.
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Jose
Important
Whats most important in life? This exercise helped me discover just that.
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Susan
What's most important
I am glad this story returned to me today. I have been saying that I am not myself. Well that is because I have lost sight of the important things and filled my life with the little things.
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Carlos
A vision of what’s important
How important is to set in place the things that matter most. To take a moment and think of our priorities, our important things and give them the place they diserve.
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Susan
What's Most Important?
Do not let the small things take over for life's important things. Identify what is important to you and you will have a very full life.
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Lily
What’d important
I learned that you should fuss about the little things because the end, the big things are most important
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John/Kate
Family
I learned and took away from this is that life may seem full and complicated. You may be stressed about work or school and try to do better. But sometimes you should just take time out of your busy day to be with your family. Even you don’t do your best in something but try and try but can’t your family will a,ways be there for you no matter how hard. Even if you have a lot of work you should take time to be with your family. They are number one in life. The support you and maybe spending more time can help relieve stress and realize how blessed and thankful you are. A family is someone who loves you no matter what. They care and love you.
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Ruby
Story time
I love this story is is my favorite I read it to all my friends they love it
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Susan
What is most important
It is so easy to get sidetracked and fill your life with the small things. Remember to focus on the big things and take some time for some fun.
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Madelynn
Big thibg
I learned that what truly matters is family, friends, and health. We must strive to protect these things even if it means giving up freedom (sand) for now.
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Liesel :)
Thought-Provoking and Distracting
This story did a great job at distracting me from being worried about meaningless things, and also made me think.
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Dennis
Wow
This Can be used in every way in life. I spent time figuring out my "golf balls" and "pebbles".
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Tammi
Love this
I’ve heard this story before but had forgotten about it. I love the message. Very good reminder to slow down.
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Mila
Important things
I learned that you shouldn’t focus on the little things (the sand and the pebbles) and try to focus on the things you love and you’re passionate about. (the golf balls)
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Lauren
important stuff
focus on the stuff that matters, the rest is just pebbles and sand
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Susan
What's Most Important
This story always appears in my life when I have once again let the unimportant things steal away my joy! Thank you for the reminder
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Emily
Understanding
This story made me realize that I can’t always put all my energy into the little things. Like cleaning the house. Sometimes I just have to focus on the bigger things in life. And the little things will come later
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Chaz
What matters
I learned what matters most is the people who love and care for you. Not the small stuff.
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Chaz
What matters
I learned what matters is the people who love and care about you. Nothing else matters.
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Shania
Important life lesson
I learnt that we should take time out and care for the people that bless our lives daily and take out time to do things that make us happy.
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Jason
Life lesson...
Focusing on what's important and what your passionate about in life is more important than the little things.
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Emmet
I’m wasting my time😅
I’m literally putting all my time and energy into things that just stress me out n bring me down when there’s so many things I could be doing to help me feel better!
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Melissa
Life lessons..
At first I didn’t think I was gonna like this story, but then I understood what she said instead of just listening like I usually do.
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Enna
Blah
To continue to cherish life with the people important to me.
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Russell
Priorities
While you should focus on your priorities, there should always be space for other things. Don’t neglect the important stuff. And of course... Don’t forget to treat yourself!
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Warren
Realization Smile
I smiled when I remembered/realized what is most important: family, passions, ‘kids’, and always room for a beer.
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Lorena
Spend time on the golf balls and pebbles in our lives... don’t let the sand take over
Live simply so more time for what’s important , take time for the golf balls and pebbles
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Beth
Focus on what matters most
I learned that I need to spend more time focusing on what matters most in my life; my family, my friends (the family I create outside of my own), and GOD. Everything else is filler and if made to come first, there’s no room for the important things in life.