Sunday, November 05, 2006

food for thought..

The Mayonnaise Jar and Coffee

When things in life seem almost too much to handle,
when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the
mayonnaise jar...and the 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 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 a 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 recognise that this jar represents your

The golf balls are the important things - your God,
family, your children, your health, your friends and
your favourite passions - things that if everything
else was lost and only they remained, your life would
still be fulled.

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 spent 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.

There will be 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 that no
matter how full your life may seem, there's always
room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

- + = C a r e n e = + -

"Worrying is like a rocking chair;
it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere."


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