Wednesday, June 08, 2005


X: what are you doing with this Mayonnaise jar?

Ah this,, this is from my mailbox. Nisrin sent it to me and I found it inspiring. I wanted to share it with you coz it is too big for me, do you want some Mayo?!!
"A philosophy professor stood before his 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 asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed it was.So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar slightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students 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 "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 spacebetween 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 family, your children, your health, your friends, your soul mate and your favorite passions...”Things that if everything else is 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 your partner out to dinner. Take time to get a medical checkup. Take some time to think of the one you really love, break therules, melt the ice and just do your very best to be with him. Never think twice when it comes to that important person in your life because maybe when you delay taking an action it will be too late. Play another 18 holes. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the screen door. 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 asked what the coffee represented.The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked" he said.It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a cup of coffee with a friend………."

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