The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Beers

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    The Mayonnaise Jar and 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.


    Spend time with your children.


    Spend time with your parents.


    Visit with grandparents.


    Take time to get medical checkups..


    Take your spouse 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 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
    I would rather stand against the cannons of the wicked than against the prayers of the righteous.


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    If they actually taught this kind of logic in schools the world would be a better place.
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    That was great. Thanks...I needed that. A little perspective can be incredibly helpful at times.

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    A good reminder about the important things in our lives.


    When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough ... Play another 18.
    From a person who has played "18" enough to know, that's spoken like a person who had two beers too many.


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    If they actually taught this kind of logic in schools the world would be a better place.
    If many folks taught their own children this kind of logic, it would be a better place. My folks didn't pass along this little parable. They did pass along others, just not this one.
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    Hmmm, the last time I read this the teacher didn't waste beer, he used water!
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    Thanks for that.

    Sounds like a good trick for my annual New Year's Eve party!

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    Hmmm, the last time I read this the teacher didn't waste beer, he used water!
    Somehow, sharing water with your friends just dosent seem the same...
    I would rather stand against the cannons of the wicked than against the prayers of the righteous.


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    Good lesson.
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    Very good, I sent it to everyone who is important in my life and even those who are just in my life. Thank you, good eye opener

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Somehow, sharing water with your friends just dosent seem the same...
    Huh. It was when I was younger. We (myself) often raised a glass and said "To Water: Cold and clear; crisp and pure -- it quenches your thirst like it's never been quenched before."

    That was a long time ago, back when I was a nerd.

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    A teacher did that hear and he is still in jail for the booze charge...not to mention all the damage he did to the yougsters by making them think...sheesh

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    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.


    Spend time with your children.


    Spend time with your parents.


    Visit with grandparents.


    Take time to get medical checkups..


    Take your spouse 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 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
    I use that (but with water) quite a bit when I do Team Building sessions with kids. It's a powerful presentation. It's amazing how the kids' eyes light up when "they get it." Thanks for sharing.
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