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A jar of mayonnaise and two cups of coffee

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A jar of mayonnaise and two cups of coffee





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

day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar...and the 2 cups of 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 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, and 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 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 favourite 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



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 his 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." Please share this with someone you

care about. I JUST DID

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