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The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

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#1 lucy106

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    Posted 23 April 2008 - 02:03 PM

    I thought I would share this, it really puts a perspective on things...

    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

    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."

    #2 Kat81

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      Posted 23 April 2008 - 02:19 PM

      I love that especially the coffee with a friend. Often times we get so caught up with what is going on in our own lives we tend to let friendships die. I am guilty of it. When really all it takes is thirty minutes for lunch or coffee a week.

      #3 nikkianddean

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        Posted 23 April 2008 - 04:49 PM

        Lucy - this was so timely. I just sent to a guy at my job who is taking everything too seriously!!!

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        #4 Maura


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        Posted 23 April 2008 - 04:53 PM

        thanks lucy, great timing. was just having a conversation with my stepmom about taking life too seriously, because i have issues letting the small things go!

        #5 ErinB


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          Posted 23 April 2008 - 05:19 PM

          i love it! Thanks for sharing!

          #6 shellb

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            Posted 23 April 2008 - 05:23 PM

            Thank you Lucy, that just made me smile after a long crappy day at work.

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