A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table 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 rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.

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, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up the remaining open areas of the jar.

He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – 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 rocks. The same goes for your 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 your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, or fix the disposal.”

“Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

Author Unknown

In the bid of trying to get you to take care of the most important things in your life, we have this week compiled three activities that you might enjoy undertaking in the company of your loved ones.

Lets get started:

Melissa feels trapped, being married to what she considers her ‘slow’ husband. She gets even angrier when her younger friend and neighbor buys property, while they are still being held back by her husband’s “poverty mentality.” She eventually tries to “invest” behind her husband’s back; however when the politician from whom she buys prime land demands for more than she can give, Melissa finds herself thrown into a web of secrets, and nothing could have prepared her for the downward spiral her life gets into, as her unrelenting quest to move on up turns deadly.

You know what they say : One lie, or idea begets another one, and that begets another one…well to find out where the deceit leads you need to make your way to Alliance Française to catch this play titled ‘Borrowed Life’,written by Seth Busolo, directed by May Wairimu, produced by Daisy Busolo and Samuel Kyama, either today, tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.

Tickets are available for Kshs. 500 at Alliance and to book your ticket call 0725 040 951. You can pay for your ticket via Lipa na Mpesa number 317979

Next is ‘Little Sun Treasure’ which is an event that is ideal for young ones aged 6-15 years who (after probably watching Night in the Museum) would be interested in roaming the dark hallways of the museum at night.

So to all the young people in the above age group, join this event for a treasure hunt where you can live a “Night at the Museum” turning off the lights and having fun ( how I wish I were young again…then again, if wishes were horses, I would definitely be a rider of one of the horses) and to all the parents and people who have young people who would fall in this age group category, bring them out and let them celebrate Easter in a way like no other at the Nairobi National Museum on the 12th of April, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.Tickets for the event can be bought as Naked Pizza at Kshs 2000 in advance, and Kshs. 2500. For more info, call +254 734 647 336

I’ll be the first to admit that I barely comprehend what is said or sang when people Rap. I am one of those people who while watching a Rap battle in a movie will wait for a que from the audience to pique my interest which then has me re-winding the movie and activating the subtitles so that I can keep up with the rappers…that is just me.

If rap is your kind of music though, Afro art-The BA Edition will be hosting underground and conscious artists with spiritual music and Hip Hop artists will have a Rap Battle Arena with the winner going home with a prize.

Scouts will be present ready to recruit new talent as well as consistent talent at the event. Loads of Nyama choma and drinks at affordable prices have been promised and everybody knows that a party in Kenya is not complete without some juicy nyamchom, so join the artists at Pawa 254 this Saturday at state House Crescent from, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.Entrance is Kshs 250. For more info, email info@pawa254.org or visit the Facebook event page

So this weekend as I look to take care of my rocks by leaving the office before darkness consumes the day light, I leave you with the words the professor in the above short story

“Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

Written by Maureen Mwangi, a Mvuli Hotels staff member