Mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee

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    Mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee

    just a reminder to take time for the ones you love.

    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 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 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 an unanimous "yes."

    The professor then produced two cups of coffee
    from under the table and poured the liquid 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 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."


    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."
    "fundamental principle of American law that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen." [Warren v. District of Columbia,(D.C. Ct. of Ap., 1981)]
    If I have to explain it, you wouldn't understand

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    I think I'm going to print this out and leave it on my home and at the office....


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    pretty good advice.....
    If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good. ~ Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

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    I remember that from years ago, and it still makes sense.
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    That is so sweet and syrupy I think I'm going to throw up.

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    Good find. Thanks for posting it on the message forum.
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