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Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Mayonnaise Jar

THE MAYONNAISE JAR

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 two 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 fills 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 it 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 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 things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else -- the small stuff.” he said.

“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...” he told them.

“So... pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Worship with your family. Play with your children. Take your partner out to dinner. Spend time with good friends. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap. 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 and said, “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 other "Golf Balls"

10 comments:

  1. Excellent story - I am sharing this one - thanks!

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    1. It is something we all need to be more aware of for sure. Glad you like it. Take care.

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  2. Love it! What a fun way to explain such an important concept.
    The other day one of my clients was really pushing me to get a 'smart' phone and I tried so hard to explain to her that I just didn't want the little things to take over too much of my time and I could tell she just didn't get it. I'll leave her a copy of this!

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    1. I don't want one of those either. My phone is the most basic one available. I have enough trouble not spending too much time on the internet but then I wouldn't have met such neat people such as yourself! Be careful out there today.

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  3. I'm constantly thinking about this. I have enough time to do what I want--it's just that I'm not spending my time the way I should. Everything that needs to fit in can fit in. :D

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    1. I do the same thing. I get so aggravated with myself when I am not as productive as I could and should be because I am just farting around :-) Take care.

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  4. Great story Myra, and so true! There isn't anyone that this wouldn't be true for. Thanks for sharing:)

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    1. I love things like this where a story illustrates such an important concept. Take care.

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  5. I've read this before, but I enjoy it every time I read it. It's all about Priorities!

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    1. Our minister even used this story to illustrate his point in Church one week. It's good to revisit things like this that teach so much. Be careful out there today.

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