September 3, 2010 at 5:04 am #1187
I got this off the threads over at SNR magazine. I thought I would pass it along.
The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 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
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front
of him. When the class began, he wordlessly 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 an unanimous yes.
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and
poured t he 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—your family, your children, your health, your friends
and your favorite passions—and 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
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 really critical to your happiness.
Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with
grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse 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 and said, I'm glad you asked.
The coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem,
there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.
"Some cars look like they're going fast when they're standing still. The Camaro looks like it's going to beat you unconscious, put you in a silly hat, invite a couple of other Camaros over to take photos of you, then e-mail them to all your friends and co-workers. Call me crazy, but I like that in a car."September 3, 2010 at 5:51 am #58046September 3, 2010 at 9:02 am #58047
I have this written on a piece of paper…it was given to us students in a philosophy class at college…Love it!! TFS…September 3, 2010 at 10:18 am #58048
Wonderful! I would love to never clean my house again if only I could afford a cleaning lady! 🙂September 3, 2010 at 11:48 am #58049September 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm #58050September 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm #58051September 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm #58052September 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm #58053September 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm #58054
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