1. the Mayonnaise Jar # 1

    the Mayonnaise Jar

    Subject: The Mayonnaise Jar

    The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 cups of coffee...
    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

    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

    The golf balls are the important things-your 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

    Pay attention to the things that are critical to your
    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

    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."

    Source: private e-mail

  2. the Mayonnaise Jar # 2
    This is a great story. Love it. :-))

  3. the Mayonnaise Jar # 3
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. the Mayonnaise Jar # 4
    der thread ist schon etwas aelter...

  5. the Mayonnaise Jar # 5
    yo cat english only my dear .........and i dont think it matters how old the thread is.....never saw it before but i liked it ,too. its oh so true

  6. the Mayonnaise Jar # 6
    Zitat Zitat von garfieldshome
    der thread ist schon etwas aelter...
    still lovely though... and so true!

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