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The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

Posted in News & Entertainment by trickyd313 on October 17, 2010

The  Mayonnaise Jar and 2 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.”


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