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The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee
#1

My mother sent me this today.  Great way to put things into perspective this time of year.

 

When things in your life seems 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
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 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. 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.'

Please share this with someone you care about.. I JUST DID
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#2
Way to Mom. That is just badass.
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We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.

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#3
an oldie but goodie all time classic.
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#4
Bravo!
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#5
Thanks Dave!
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#6
This coffee shop on the way to work used to have this story printed on a piece of paper on the wall.

Quote: ...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.'


In my ideal world there would some cigar smoke coming out of that jar and some Stogie Chat at the end of a long day to balance out all the crazy stuff that happens in between.

Thanks for posting it Dave. [smokin3]
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