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The Mayonaise Jar
    #3161337 - 09/21/04 08:11 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

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, th e 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 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 time to get medical
checkups. Take your partner
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 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."


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Ahuwale ka nane huna.


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Re: The Mayonaise Jar [Re: gettinjiggywithit]
    #3161749 - 09/21/04 09:28 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

  :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:  That's a great way of explaining how to make the most of life. Excellent post.


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Re: The Mayonaise Jar [Re: gettinjiggywithit]
    #3162302 - 09/21/04 10:57 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Haha, thats funny, nice one


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Re: The Mayonaise Jar [Re: gettinjiggywithit]
    #3163053 - 09/22/04 01:37 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

I've read that one before and still appreciate it. Thanks, Jiggy!


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Re: The Mayonaise Jar [Re: gettinjiggywithit]
    #3163147 - 09/22/04 02:06 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Good analogy :smile:


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Re: The Mayonaise Jar [Re: gettinjiggywithit]
    #3178372 - 09/25/04 10:28 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Great way to put it! Thanks!


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