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The Mayonnaise Jar............

Discussion in 'Community Message Board' started by NiteStar, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. NiteStar

    NiteStar Guest

    When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hrs in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 glasses of wine.

    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 an unanimous

    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 - God, family, children, health, friends, and 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, house, and 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 wine 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 glasses of wine with a friend."
  2. r8derfan

    r8derfan Guest

    I Love that. Thanks NiteStar.
  3. rooy

    rooy Guest

    mighty profound, nitestar.
  4. reggae

    reggae Guest

    very good, Nite Star!
  5. BostonsJ

    BostonsJ Guest

    I've seen this before but love the reminder every now and then. Thanks......
  6. Jill B

    Jill B Guest


    Thanks for sharing :)
  7. ewheelock

    ewheelock Guest

    Yes, I have read that before but as BJ said, it is a good reminder and I will copy it and read it more often.

    Thanks Nite Star

    MARIPOSA Guest

    Very nice, especially if that sand is from the Caribbean. Never can have too many cruises, right??

    Hugs, Mari

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