Mayonnaise & Two cups of Coffee

I got this in my email today…..this is exactly where I am in my life so I thought I would share it with you!

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the following mayonnaise jar and two 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
an unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the liquid 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, family, children, health, friends, and 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, house, and 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.”

“So… 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.”

I plan to do allot more “coffee with a friend” because that is missing from my life,………… any takers?
Blessings

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2 thoughts on “Mayonnaise & Two cups of Coffee

  1. I love this poem, it totally puts life back into perspective.
    I’d love to be a taker on your offer, and as soon as my life calms down, I get settled into my house, and have this flippin baby already (lol) I’m game! 🙂 thanks for the invite.

  2. I’d love to coffee with you, but the coffee might get cold by the time I get to Saskatchewan!!! We’ll have a cyber coffee sometime!!! Name the time!!

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