Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life

The mayonaise jar and 2 cups of coffee

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You might have read something similar to this but read to the end.   There is a little additional tidbit not in earlier versions.  Enjoy!

I thought this was good advice for all of us:  
The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

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 2 cups of

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 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, 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.  Play with your
children.  Take time to get medical checkups.  Take your spouse out to
dinner Play another 18.
There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.  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 .”

Thanks to cousin Larry for sending this to me.


Author: Fay

Follow the adventures of Fay and Bob, 65 plus, as they explore the country to look for a new home, sell their MN home, finally move and get settled into a new state and town.

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