The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee
When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, he wordlessly 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 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 tiny, empty spaces between the sand.
The students laughed.
"Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you all to recognize that this jar represents each one of your lives.
"The golf balls are the important things--prayers, your family, your children, your health, your friends and your truest, most devoted passions; if everything else was lost, and only they remained, your life would still be full & rewarding.
"The pebbles are the other things that matter day-to-day, that help hold it all together, like your job, your home, your car, social events, the changing face of your community.
"The sand is everything else---the small stuff, the things that come & go, things you wonder about, and worry about, and often wish would just go away, or stop, or slow down, but seldom do.
"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles, or for the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on all that 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. Pray, and celebrate holy days. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Take your dog for a walk. There will always be time to clean the house or fix the disposal or pay the taxes.
"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 there 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."----!