Setting priorities...

Setting priorities...

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    Setting priorities...

    Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers...
    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 Beers.

    A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.
    When the class began, he wordlessly 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 Beers 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 family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and 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.

    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 Beer represented.
    The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'

    The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

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    I like it!
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    good one, never heard it before..

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    golf balls = guns

    sand = women and children

    Just different priorities for me

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    That's pretty neat.
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    cool illustration.
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    Golf (balls) ... at the core of life's priorities. I knew there was some reason I kept hackin' and wailin' at my Slazengers.
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    Many thanks for this posting.

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    I took a class at work. Stephen Covey's 7 Habits. They pretty much did the same example. Pretty cool and thought prevoking
    "When the people fear the government you have tyranny...when the government fears the people you have liberty."

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    I like that :) Thanks for posting.
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    Very thought provoking...never heard that analogy.
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    I like it! Very nice!
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