Mayonnaise jar............philosophy

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  1. dontoe

    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

    May 7, 2004
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    Hickory, N.C.

    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 2 cups of 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.

    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--- God, 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 important to you.

    Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with
    your children. 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. 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."
  2. Leper

    Leper 1/2 ton status

    Feb 18, 2005
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    Dallas Baby!!!!
    That is awesome.
  3. rdn2blazer

    rdn2blazer 1 ton status Premium Member

    Jun 9, 2004
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    So Cal.
    thanks dantoe, that was really cool. :waytogo: its saturday, im at work. makes me want to go home and see and hug my son.
  4. Resurrection_Joe

    Resurrection_Joe 1 ton status

    Jan 9, 2002
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    Gettysburg, SD
    I've heard many varioations of that, mostly involving beer

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