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Saturday, 3 May 2008

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 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 recognise that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things--- God, your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favourite 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-- 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 check-ups. 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---the things that REALLY matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand ."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffeerepresented. 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 ."


rockmother said...

Tis true tis true Chazza xx

chazza said...

Thanks Romo and how are you? x x

rockmother said...

Not bad I suppose. Been busy. Things seem to have calmed down a little on the home front. Although I keep feeling so exhausted at the moment. Don't know what's wrong with me - laziness perhaps?! How are you? x

chazza said...

Romo. . Yerr fun dabby dozy as they say lol. At least you have the weekend to rest and do what comes naturally ha!!.

Multi taskin at moment..on here while dinner cooks, doing the laundry and Contemplating the garden. Today...First day I've opened the garden door since the winter.

Don't trust to hang out the washing though. .x x