The Jar of Life

I saw this and just really liked it so thought I’d share…

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items 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 golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So 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 cans of beer 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 health, your children, your job, your friends, your favorite passions—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 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.  Play with your children.  Take time to get medical checkups.  Take your partner out to dinner.  Play another 18.  There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the disposal.  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 replied, “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers with friends.”

Ultimate List of Chrome Extensions

I was looking for some extensions for Google Chrome and couldn’t find many all in one place so thought I’d keep track of all of the extensions I could find here.

If I’ve missed any then let me know!

FileMaker Developers on Twitter

This is planning to be the biggest list of FileMaker Developers that can be found on Twitter.

I’m there on @AdamDempsey

I will update this list all the time.  If I’ve missed anyone you think should be here, then let me know!

FileMaker Staff

  • @UKFileMaker – Official Twitter for FileMaker in the UK.
  • @Kevin_At_FMI – Kevin Mallon is Senior Public Relations Manager at FileMaker Inc.

FileMaker Plugin Developers

FileMaker Groups

FileMaker Consultants

Other FileMaker People

FileMaker Websites

Finally Using Twitter

For a while now I’ve been using Twitter (@AdamDempsey) and have just started adding it to a few of my websites and plan on adding it to more of them soon!

@FileMaker Plugin – Find out when your favourite FileMaker Plugin is updated!

@vwatch – Keep up to date with software updates.

vwatch is fully automated, but I manually update the FileMaker Plugin one atm, but will be automating that very soon!

I have also been doing a lot of work on FileMaker Plug-ins mostly on the backend so unnoticable, but it makes future updates a lot lot easier for me!

I’ve also added about 5 new plugins over the last few days and removed some older unsupported plugins:

What Have I Been Doing?

Well everything’s been really busy at work, lots of changes and things as our parent company went backrupt and we’re now owned by a new company blah blah.

Web wise I’ve been working on a few things, FileMaker Plugins now has 95 Plugins!!

I’ve also been busy on FileMaker Plugin Development, there are currently interviews with 6 Plugin Developers, with more on the way:

I’m sure I’ve been doing other stuff, but I’ve forgotten!

25 Things

Got tagged by this on Facebook but didn’t bother with it, and saw Al do it over at Self Made Minds, so thought I would too!

  1. I’m a big fan of Nokia phones and have had a few over the years:  3210, 3310, 3330, 5100, 6600, N80 and N95, even though I am now using an iPhone.
  2. I don’t own a plain t-shirt, every one I own has a comedy slogan on.  At last count I had over 80.
  3. I’ve been a fan of The Simpsons since I was a young’un, apparently I used to call myself ‘Adam Dempsey Turtle Power King Bartman‘  Catchy!
  4. Up until I was about 12 I got the Beano delivered to my house every week and I had hundreds of items of Beano and Dennis the Menace memorabilia and my dad was once in the Beano dressed as Dennis!
  5. I went to Sunday School until the age of about 14, but I never actually followed the lesson, I was just allowed to sit in the corner and do what I wanted, often making things from old lolly sticks from what I remember!
  6. I’ve been driving about 4 years and had 2 cars, in that time I’ve never cleaned my car once.
  7. Apart from a paper round and Sticking up for skittles, my current job is the only once I’ve ever had.
  8. When I was 16 I was diagnosed with Leukemia, been finished treatment for 3 years now and all is looking good.
  9. My family and friends are the most important thing to me, there’s not a lot I wouldn’t do for them.
  10. I once foolishly put a plugged-in kettle lead in my mouth, luckily we had a good fuse box which cut the power!
  11. I’ve had a party at home ever year for about the last 8 years and each year they get bigger and more fun!  Alcohol + Bouncy Castles = FunDempsefest 2008
  12. One of the only things I can ever really remember winning is a Spice Girls puffa jacket from The Sun about 10 years ago and I sold it as soon as it arrived.
  13. I’m a big fan of The Streets and have been to see them perform live twice, most recently last October.
  14. I am the Captain of our local Skittles team and at the last league update we were 2nd!
  15. I’ve never broken any bones (That I remember)
  16. I’m not a fan of football at all, but I may watch England matches in the World Cup and things, but mostly just because my mates are they and it’s in a pub!
  17. I have only ever been abroad once, and that was to Benidorm last year for mate’s 21st Birthday.
  18. Even though I rarely cry, I have been known to nearly cry at stupid things like people dying or leaving on TV shows.
  19. I still haven’t repaired my car bumper from hitting a deer last February.
  20. Even though I’ve cut down a lot, I still enjoy a few drinks on weekends, some people have accused me of being an alcoholic in the past.
  21. My mates often say I have ADHD as I can bit a bit hyperactive sometimes.
  22. I’m very, very lazy and very, very forgetful, which don’t make a good combination.
  23. I once put a caution wet floor cone on top of a door at school, which then fell and hit a teacher, wasn’t too clever, but thought it was funny at the time.
  24. I’ve never been a big fan of hot weather, I much prefer to sit in the shade.
  25. 90% of my mates just call me by by surname, Dempsey, which is why I use the name online too.