The Mayonnaise Jar...A Good Story!

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   Posted 8/2/2010 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
This is excellent and so true.  Hope you like it as much as I do.  We need to do this with fibro.
                           The Mayonnaise Jar
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 and 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 and the pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.  He then asked the students, again, if the jar was full and they agreed that 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 and 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, 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 check-ups.  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."

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   Posted 8/2/2010 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Sherrine, I enjoyed the story, it is very true! Thanks for sharing :)

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   Posted 8/2/2010 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
All I can say is.....loved it!

Thanks, I needed that today!

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   Posted 8/2/2010 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Love .. love ... love it! Thanks for the encouraging words!
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   Posted 8/2/2010 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I love that, thanks.

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   Posted 8/2/2010 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
It is so true


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   Posted 8/2/2010 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
:-) A dose of perspective is always a good thing.

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   Posted 8/2/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah  Wow, Sherrine, I LOVED this!!  It's profound, it's short and sweet, and best of all ..... I think I'll actually remember it!
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   Posted 8/2/2010 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I loved it. And it is a great way to make learning fun. I can actually see some of my friends doing that lol. Great job Sherrine!
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   Posted 8/2/2010 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   

I needed this. Always love stories that help me see.

Thanks for posting this. :)

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   Posted 8/2/2010 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Sherrine! This was a great story, and all so true!

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   Posted 8/3/2010 1:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Great story. I really enjoyed it. Reminded me actually of something my philosophy teacher from college would've done. He had that similar frame of mind. Thanks for the story.
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