🐾 Maybe the reason I love animals so much, is because the only time they have broken my heart is when theirs has stopped beating.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Pebbles and sand

I just love collecting all sorts from nature - pebbles, leaves, grass, crystals, twigs, driftwood, wasps' nests, feathers, porcupine quills, birds' nests, seed pods and even dung! It's a habit I picked up as a child and still practice avidly. It feeds my soul, soothes my senses and pleases my eye. 

A collection of pebbles and crystals in a wooden African bowl next to my bed


Below is a lovely life lesson I picked up on the internet... 

'A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks right to the top, rocks about 2" 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. The students laughed. 

He asked his students again if the jar was full. They agreed that yes, it was. The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. 

"Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things - your family, your partner, your health, your children - anything that is so important to you that if it were lost, you would be nearly destroyed. 

The pebbles are the other things in life that matter, but on a smaller scale. The pebbles represent things like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff. 

If you put the sand or the pebbles into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, material things, you will never have room for the things that are truly most important. 

Pay attention to the things that are critical in your life. 
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 and fix the disposal. 
Take care of the rocks first - the things that really matter. 

Set your priorities. The rest is just pebbles and sand.' 
— un-attributed 

Seedpods and dung from an Antelope 


Porcupine quills collected on a friend's farm 


Guinea fowl feather in my garden 



  1. such amazing collections. And words to live by.

  2. Maree, I love your "stuff" collections. I have in the freezer two cryogenically preserved hummingbirds, and two bumblebees on my windowsill, protected by a glass. :) And your story is so true and beautiful.

    1. Oh my word Kathryn! How on earth is "cryogenically preserved" done? I also have various beetles under glass and a few other insects - they stay nicely preserved. Thank you for your lovely comment, appreciate that.



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