A MAYONNAISE JAR AND TWO CUPS

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when twenty four hours in a day are not enough, remember the Mayonnaise jar and the two cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began,wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed 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 open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed to it.

The professor next picked a box of sand and poured into the jar. Of course the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with 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 spaces 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 God,family,your children,your health,your friends,and your favorite passion– things that 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 critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups.  Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. Their 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 am glad you you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full you 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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