Friday, December 17, 2010

The Mayonnaise 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 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 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
- 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
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.'

Thanks Kak Era coz share this story. I really like it.
I hope for those who read this story will like it too.

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