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The  Mayonnaise Jar
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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  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  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 life.
The golf balls are the important things -  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.

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.'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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