The Mayonnaise Jar and two beers

old biker
By old biker Latest Reply 2012-08-08 08:38:17 -0500
Started 2012-08-03 09:40:20 -0500

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, When 24 hours in a day are not enough. Remember the mayonnaise jar and the two beers

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 mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full
They agreed it was
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and then poured them in the jar and shook the jar gently
The pebbles rolled into the empty spaces between the golf balls
He then asked the students again if the jar was full
They agreed it was
The professor then 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 beers from under the table and poured the entire contents in the jar effectively filling the space between the sand
The students laughed
"NOW" said the professor I want you to realize that this jar represents your life
The golf balls are are the important things- God, your family, your health, your friends and your favorite passions-and if all else was lost your life would still be full
The pebbles are the other things that matter, like your job, house, or your car or your toys
The sand is everything else - the small stuff
If you put the sand in the jar first. there is no room for the golf balls or pebbles
The same goes for life
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff there is no room for the things that really matter
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness
spend time with your children
Spend time with your parents
Visit with grandparents
Take your partner out to dinner
Make time to smell the roses in your life
There will always be time to clean the house or fix the car
Set your priorities
The rest is just sand
One of the students raised her hand and asked what the beer represented
The professor smiled and said " I'm glad you asked"
The beer just shows that no matter how full your life is, there is always room for a couple of beers with a friend

13 replies

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-06 05:48:57 -0500 Report

I really like this thanks for sharing! I totally agree life is too short to let the small stuff get in your way, it's all too short to let the big stuff get away! :-)

DeanaG 2012-08-03 14:59:14 -0500 Report

Thank you!!
This put a smile not only on my face, but also on my husband's when I read it to him. ;-)

CJ55 2012-08-03 09:48:34 -0500 Report

Biker.. Your story is so true to life. Thank you for sharing. It put a smile on my face. Have a great Friday!! CJ. :-)

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