A Valuable Lesson About Priorities and Happiness.
This is a story that has a valuable lesson about priorities in Life. When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the story of 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, 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 ball
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 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—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 time to get medical checkups.
Take your spouse out to 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 inquired what the coffee represented.
The professor smiled and said,
‘I’m glad you asked.’
The Coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a cup of coffee with a friend.
LIFE ISN’T ABOUT WAITING FOR THE STORM TO PASS…
..IT’S LEARNING HOW TO DANCE IN THE RAIN
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