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The Mayonnaise Jar

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 Mayonnaise Jar represents your
life. The golf balls
are the important things-your God, 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.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix
things."

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 cup of
coffee with a friend."

Hope you are smiling at this moment!


and hope you get to wet a line with a TTMB friend soon!

 
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