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April 8, 2010

The Mayonnaise Jar

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Just a small town gal and that is all I'll ever be, where life is just another iced sweet tea away,  where you can see the twinkling stars at night, the wonders of the moon,  and puffy white clouds floating across the blue sky. Welcome to my blog from the heartland, full of random musings, observations. things I love, events in my life, humor..
 
The Mayonnaise Jar
-author unknown
 
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle,
When 24 hours in a day is not enough;
Remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.
 
A professor stood before his philosophy class
With some items in front of him.
 
When the class began, he picked up a very large
 
And empty mayonnaise jar and filled it with golf balls.
 
He 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 asked the students again
If the jar was full. They said it was.
 
The professor next picked up a box of sand
And poured it into the jar. The sand filled up the empty spaces
 
Between the larger items.
He asked again 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, filling the jar to the top.
The students laughed.
 
"Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognize that this jar
 
Represents life.
 
The golf balls are the important things - God, family,
Children, health, and friends.
If everything else was lost and they remained, your life
 
Would still be full.
 
The pebbles are the necessary things like your job, house, and car.
 
The sand is everything else.
The small stuff.
If you put the sand in first, there would be
 
No room for the pebbles.
 
And if you put the pebbles in first - a common mistake - there
 
Is no room for the golf balls.
 
The same goes for life.
 
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff,
You'll never have room for the things that are really
Important.
 
So . . .
 

Spend time with your family.
Play with your children.
Take care of your health.
Take your love out to dinner.
 
There will always be time
To clean the house and fix the dripping tap.
 
Take care of the golf balls first.
The things that really matter.
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. Remember, no matter how full your life may be,
there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."


 
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