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The Mayonnaise Jar

 
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Lil'Emu



Joined: 24 Apr 2004
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Location: Calgary, AB

PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2004 8:44 am    Post subject: The Mayonnaise Jar Reply with quote

Smile Very Happy

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

The Mayonnaise Jar

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 thestudents if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into thejar. 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. Ofcourse, 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 God, your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions -- 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. 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."

Hope you are smiling at this moment!!
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Terri R.
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Joined: 21 Apr 2004
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Location: So. Calif.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2004 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I Love this analogy!!!!! Thanks for posting this very timely (for me) reminder!
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Lil'Emu



Joined: 24 Apr 2004
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Location: Calgary, AB

PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2004 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

**bigly smiles**

Your very welcome Terri....Have a super day and I'm off to work now....
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