The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee  

_CoffeeNoCream_ 52F
6527 posts
10/27/2005 3:11 am

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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 two 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 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.

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 cups of coffee 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 in life. Your God, your 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 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 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."

So....Coffee anyone ?

Liefs CnC

methodman1000 40M
1775 posts
10/27/2005 4:53 am

thanks for the post.....

weineroftheworld 66M

10/27/2005 4:55 am


leyndokona2 49F

10/27/2005 5:18 am

Yessss!!! My comment was supposed to be "there's always room for coffee" before I finished reading the post.

I'll have coffee with you any time

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
10/27/2005 5:32 am

i've seen this before,but wonderfully true,any excuse to leave the house work alone suits me

I'm a

i'm here to stay

GangBangCple 66M/55F

10/27/2005 5:49 am

me 2

digdug41 49M

10/27/2005 6:49 am

hey cnc that really made me think about how my life is going right now thanx for the post

roaming the cyber streets of blogland

Muffinman_neal 52M
56 posts
10/27/2005 7:00 am

Hmm coffee no cream, what about non dairy creamers ?

As I love coffee, any time sweety. Love the postkeep up the good work.

freetime648 52F

10/27/2005 8:32 am

Me 3

xx FREETIME648 xx

amrock2 51M

10/27/2005 10:16 am

Can I empty my pebbles and start over?
Is that possible?
great post .

warmandsexy52 64M
13164 posts
10/27/2005 7:13 pm

Wisdom with my coffee, Mmmmm! A new experience! To date it has only been a small biscuit or a bite of chocolate. warm xx

sweetdarlin71 45F

10/28/2005 11:35 am

Love this! Reminded me that there is room in my life for more than just the golf balls. Coffee's on.

sweetdarlin71 45F

10/28/2005 11:37 am

Love this! Reminds me that there is room for more in my life than the golf balls. Coffee's on.

lonelycrab 41M
4 posts
10/28/2005 1:13 pm

the best advices come in so innociously that one doesn'tr even realisetheir importance.i have allways tried to keep enough coffee for my life's jar,and kept the pebbles of life also in their place but i've lost on the golf balls of life.i wish someone had taught me to keep the golf balls in their place too.nice post anyway1

redswallow777 48M
6810 posts
10/28/2005 8:52 pm

Cute....and true...loved it.

rm_MRLUVA7332 43M

10/30/2005 7:45 am

man that really makes me put my life in perspective.thanks for taking the time to put that down.

kinkytoyboy1ooo 38M
1 post
10/31/2005 9:03 pm

damn this post really rocked me . shit you just blow my mind . thank for the best mind fuck ever. i mean it .i think im now in love with your mind . im getting really for the next one . thanks again

craic111000 58M
29 posts
11/18/2005 2:15 am

WOW - made me think when i wasn't expecting it. In a good way that is.

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