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The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups OF Coffee... a very true story, please take the time to read

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The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups OF Coffee... a very true story, please take the time to read

The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups OF Coffee




When things in your lives 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
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 critical to your happiness. Play
with
your children. 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. "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."

Please share this with someone you care about. I JUST DID

"Those who mind, don't matter; and those that matter don't mind."
- Dr. Seuss

Message edited 9/1/2006 8:52:21 AM.

Posted 9/1/06 8:51 AM
 
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Re: The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups OF Coffee... a very true story, please take the time to read

I have ALWAYS loved this story!!!

Posted 9/1/06 8:52 AM
 
 

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