The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee  

ShyBigGirl9 47F
21 posts
11/26/2005 10:25 pm

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The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle,
when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise
jar and the 2 cups of coffee.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some
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 all agreed
it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured
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
jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked
more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under
table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively
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 in your
life: God, family, your children, your health, your friends,
and 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 and 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 of 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 holes.
There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really
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

needalotoflics 42M
112 posts
11/28/2005 3:42 pm

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AntisKnitsWeepy 46M
1 post
11/28/2005 5:08 pm

i would like to hear more of yoyr deep thoughts...Raff...

rm_MustangD6644 52M
1031 posts
12/23/2005 2:32 pm

Hi ShyBG9 a very cryptic but true tale, although the only thing missing was the bit about taking time to smell the roses, to remind ourselves that no matter how smart we think we are there is natural beauty arround us.

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