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The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

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#1 orcaman


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Posted 27 June 2007 - 01:37 PM

A little Inspirational Note from a Friend,

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 is not enough,

Remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in

Front of him. When the class began, wordlessly,

He 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, family, children,

Friends, and Favorite passions -- things that 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, house, and


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 partner 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."

Please share this with someone you care about.

Larry T, the Orcaman!

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 02:35 PM

Thanks, Larry. I really like this one.

Que :cheerleader:

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 05:17 PM

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 07:55 PM

A great example of non-linear thinking.
"I'd rather die while I am living, than live when I'm dead" Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 07:04 AM

Thanks Orcaman!!
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Posted 28 June 2007 - 08:17 AM

Even better when the liquid is beer!
We all must believe in something... I believe I'll have another beer

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