A Mayonnaise Jar and Two Beers

Discussion in 'The Chatter Box' started by keren, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Australia
    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 Beers.

    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 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.

    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 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.
     
  2. Di

    Di Crazy Goat Lady

    Jan 29, 2008
    central PA
    Thank you for this Keren, I needed this today. I will share it with my DIL.
     

  3. Thanatos

    Thanatos New Member

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    Mar 16, 2009
    Lake Ariel, Pa
  4. rgbdab

    rgbdab New Member

    252
    Nov 26, 2007
    TEXAS
    I really like that and I bet the students never forgot it.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Denise
     
  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    keren... that is a great lesson....and we all seem to forget sometimes...our priorities.... that is for sure.....thank you keren..... we all needed that....... :hug:
     
  6. Epona142

    Epona142 The farm that Hope began

    May 25, 2008
    Madisonville, TX
    Thank you for sharing, I'm sending that off to my friends.
     
  7. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    That is absolutely awesome - wonder if you can fit as much tequilla .... :ROFL: