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    Canadienne extraordinaire Susan's Avatar
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    Thumbs up The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee
    Received this today and I wanted to share it all with you. When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of

    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 an 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--GOD, 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. Praying and asking God to help, Play with your children. 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 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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    The Eternal Optimist zimmy's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
    I love that! I've heard the illustration before but it didn't have the ending part about the cup of coffee. I thought it was great before, but the cup of coffee part made it really great!


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    Life is Supposed to be Fun! Rexanne's Avatar
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    Ok, I'm here, having a cuppa with you all. Always time for my ABW family. :-)

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    The first time I heard that, it was beer instead of coffee, and that beer should fill in the gaps in your life.

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    Affiliate Manager nish's Avatar
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    yup.. there's always room for a beer or two.

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