mayonnaise and coffee…


 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 start  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 it 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, 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 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.

Take  time for God, pray, read your Bible Play with  your children.  Take time to get medical  checkups. Take your spouse out to  dinner. There will always be  time to clean the house and fix the dripping  tap. ‘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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