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The Mayonaise Jar and 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
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in
front of him.Â When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very
large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf
He then asked the students if the jar was full.Â - Â They agreed that it was.Â
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into
the jar.Â He shook the jar lightly.Â The pebbles rolled into the open
areas between golf balls. Â He then asked the students again if the jar
was full.Â -Â Â They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the
jar. Â Of course, the sand filled up everything else.Â He asked once
more if the jar was full.Â The students responded with aÂ unanimous
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.Â The students laughed.
"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognise that this jar represents your life.
The golf balls are the important things.Â Your family, your
children,your faith, your health, your friends, and your favourite
passions.Â 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 likeÂ your job, your
house, and your car. Â The sand is everything else.Â The small stuff.
Â "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no
room for the pebbles or the golf balls.Â 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.Â
Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups.Â Take your
partner out to dinner.Â Play another 18.Â 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.Â Set your priorities.Â The rest is just sand."One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee
represented.Â The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked.Â 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."