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Mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee...

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I received this the other day and thought I would share..









When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours

in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of




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




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




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

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."

"So . . . 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




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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