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The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 cups of Coffee

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 cups of Coffee

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  • savannah33 savannah33's Avatar 06-20-07 | 08:30 AM
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    When things in your life seem
    almost too much to handle,
    when 24 Hours in a day is not enough,
    remember the mayonnaise jar
    and 2 cups of coffee.

    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 mayonna ise 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 an unanimous

    The professor then produced
    two cups of coffee from under the table
    And poured the entire con tents
    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 -
    God, family, children, health,
    friends, and 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, house, and 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.
    Th e 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 coffee represented.

    The professor smiled.
    "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 cups of coffee with a friend."

    Please share this with
    someone you care about.

  • MImom23 MImom23's Avatar 06-20-07 | 08:58 PM
  • that is great, Thanks for sharing.
  • Susan Susan's Avatar 06-20-07 | 08:59 PM
  • nice