The mayonnaise Jar and 2 cups of Coffee

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by joyfully, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. joyfully

    joyfully New Member

    The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 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, 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 that 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 wan t you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things--God, 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. elliespad

    elliespad Member

    Thank you.
  3. atiledsner

    atiledsner New Member

  4. JLH

    JLH New Member


    Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  5. alaska3355

    alaska3355 New Member

    That was a good piece of advice- I shared it with my husband and he liked it too. I especially like the coffee part at the end!
  6. granny1353

    granny1353 New Member

    That was great and it is something I am going to try to remember. Sent it out to my friends. Thanks again

  7. mary124

    mary124 New Member

    That was great- I'll have to share with friends/family
  8. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    That was really wonderful........


    Nancy B

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