Saturday, October 15, 2005


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

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 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
The golf balls are the important things -- your God,
family, your children, your health, your friends,
and your 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, 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 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

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."

Please share this with someone you care about. I JUST

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