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When things in your life seem almost too muchto handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee...
A professor stood before his philosophy class with some items. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceed 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 theopen 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 the space .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 space in 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 -- your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favourite passions -- things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.T he 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 will be 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 matters, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness Talk to your family. Take time to do medical checkups. Take your partner out for dinner. 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 asked 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."