The Mayonnaise Jar... and 2 cups of coffee

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    The Mayonnaise Jar... and 2 cups of coffee

    This is good advice.


    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, 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-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 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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    Great Post.
    And great advice/ Rule of life.

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    That Was Fantastic! Thanks!

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    That is good advice. I had filled my jar backwards and lived like that for the longest time. I finally had to dump it all out and start over. I got it right the second time around.

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