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Mayonnaise Jar, Golf Balls and Coffee

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by jjlaughner, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. jjlaughner

    jjlaughner 3/4 ton status

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    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
    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 "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 -- 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, 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.
    Take time to get medical checkups.
    Take your partner out to dinner.
    Play another 18 holes.
    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," he said.
    "It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may
    seem, there's always room for a cup of coffee with a friend."
     
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    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    chevyfumes Court jester

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    cool, but could it be beer instead... /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    i heard that b4 but it was beer instead of coffee
     

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