Mayonnaise jar and two beers

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This very philosophical tale was bought to my attention by my 16 year old daughter who found it extremely inspirational.

The author is unknown so I cannot pass on the credit, however, on the basis that it is circulating facebook, I think it is worthy of a share here. 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 story.  It goes like this:

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 Beers 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 recognise that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and 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, 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.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

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 Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

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13th Oct 2012
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It begs the question, how many chaps have lost sight of their golf ballls and then regret it!
13th Oct 2012
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What a great question ....
Carol McKay
12th Oct 2012
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Wow, what a brilliant way of explaining life. It's very thought provoking and maybe a lesson everyone, irrespective of age, should remember. Many many thanks for sharing. xxx
david atherton
12th Oct 2012
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so true,i recently lost one of my very important pebbles and its left a massive space in my jar,"so to speak",cherish your loved ones and let them know everyday just how much they mean to you and how much you value their love for you,it can all so easily and quickly taken away ,the feeling of loss and longing is at times unbearable but with time and a lot of venting it does allow periods of normality.thanks ,im venting again sorry dave
Carol McKay
12th Oct 2012
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Please know you're in my thoughts Dave and feel free to rant whenever you want. I'm happy to 'listen'. Take care. xxx
Christine Wilson
12th Oct 2012
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Very true, a pity people didn't apply this logic to their lives from the beginning of understanding what is important in life.

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