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#1 10-08-08 18:36:04

Registered: 19-03-06
Posts: 264

The Mayonnaise Jar and the Coffee

I've stolen this from another forum but i liked it so much i wanted to post it here :

The Mayonnaise Jar and Coffee

When things in your life are almost too much to handle,
when 24 hours is just not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar,
and the 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.

So 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

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 you life. The golf balls are
the important things – your family, your children, your health,
your friends, and your 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, 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

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Play with your children! Take time to get medical checkups.
Take your wife/husband/lover/friend out to dinner. Maybe even
play another 18. There is always 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 enquired 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
is always room for a couple cups of coffee with a friend.”

Please share this with your coffee friends …. I just did.


10-08-08 18:36:04

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Re: The Mayonnaise Jar and the Coffee

#2 12-08-08 17:10:23

From: Staffs
Registered: 27-01-08
Posts: 203

Re: The Mayonnaise Jar and the Coffee

Yay, I like that!!


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