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    Krissy
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      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
      coffee!

      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
      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 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."

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      craftysprinkles
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        I really like that! TFS!

        #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…

        #58048

        Wonderful! I would love to never clean my house again if only I could afford a cleaning lady! 🙂

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        craftysprinkles
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          love this!! makes perfect sense!!!

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          Snagg1
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            This is Really great! And so true! Thanks Mandy!

            #58051

            Love this!

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            craftysprinkles
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              Mandy, that is just awesome, thanks!!!!!!!

              #58053

              I have heard that before, it is a good lesson!!

              #58054

              I read it before also but it's worth reading again…thanks Mandy

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