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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-18-2004, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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The Mayonnaise Jar And 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
>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
>He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it
>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
>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
>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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Good advice.

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good read

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Its funny how something so small as this post on a website can make you step back a second and poosibly re-evaluate your mind set.

Even if was for only that 30 seconds.



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WOW, sometimes proffessors are actually intelligent. That is really a cool way to make a person reevaluate what is important in life.
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-18-2004, 09:44 AM
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Here's a twist......the professor could've peed in th jar instead of using coffee........moral, "no matter what fills your life to the fullest, it all can still get pissed on!"
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thats deep... good stuff!
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OK, I read this stuff and geez, I live my life by this...and consequently, my apt is never clean, the laundry's never done, I put in no more than a few hours over 40 a week...and I always think I'm doing something wrong. I'm always "having coffee with a friend" and "stopping to smell the roses". I just feel weird when I hear those "take a minute to enjoy life...slow down..." things because...I'm always doing that. I guess I'm a big slacker and these adages were meant for people who have their priorities straight.

OK, back to putting my head up in the clouds...Sorry guys.
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Originally posted by taziscool
Here's a twist......the professor could've peed in th jar instead of using coffee........moral, "no matter what fills your life to the fullest, it all can still get pissed on!"

I guess he would of said this if he was having a bad day!


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