Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A jar & 2 cups of coffee- -

Often when I get emails,
that are forwarded in my in-box
I read and then delete--

to save time for me and others--
However, this one was worth saving
and then looking back on --time and again!

The Mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee..................

When things in your life seems almost too much to handle, when 24
hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2
cups of coffee.

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 sa nd filled up every thing 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.
Play 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 & inquired what the coffee
represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'

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

Please, have a cup of coffee, or tea - - and think of me!

1 comment:

Childlife said...

Love it! I heard a "walnuts and rice" version of this story nearly ten years ago. A ten-year-old mason jar filled with walnuts and grains of rice sits on my kitchen windowsill to this day, reminding me each day of what my priorities are :)