10.18.2006

THE MAYONNAISE JAR & 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
infront 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
recognize that this jar represents Your Life.

The Golf Balls are the important things---God, 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.

---SO ---

"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your
happiness.
Play 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 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 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."

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