Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Mayonaise Jar

When things in your life seem, almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and 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 pouredthem 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 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, family,children, health, and friends, – 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. 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.'


Darlene said...

I sure could use a cup of hot chocolate with a friend! I love this post!
Thanks for sharing and reminding me to not sweat the small stuff!

Toia said...

I like that!! Great Post!!!

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Michele
I really enjoyed reading this and took time to ponder after as well. Sure made a lot of sense. Thank you for dropping by and sharing your heart with me. I am always blessed by your visit. How are you feeling? My fatigue is getting worse need to go bck to my specilaist and get it checked out.

Hugz Lorie

He & Me + 3 said...

My dad used this as an illustrated sermon once. It is awesome!

Denise said...

This was fantastic.

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

I love this!! Thank you for sharing!

luvmy4sons said...

I have always loved this story...we must remember to give up that which is good in order to choose the best. It requires wisdom...But God has promised that if we but ask.