The Mayonnaise jar and Coffee

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  1. ridhi23

    ridhi23 New IL'ite

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    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 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. Ofcourse, 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 - your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your 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, 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 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 cup of coffee with a friend."

    How True isn't it.........
     
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  2. Vidya24

    Vidya24 Gold IL'ite

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    nice one

    Dear Ridhima,

    That was a profound piece, liked it lots. Also laughed at the earlier one on Bahelor's food? That was true too. I guess men don't stop doing that even after many years of marriage. My addition to that is drinking straight from the carton and placing it back in the fridge.

    Keep these coming.

    cheers
    Vidya
     
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    dear ridhi,

    very significant one..really shows how our lives go on.. expect more like this...:clap

    bye,
     
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    ridhi23 New IL'ite

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    men will always be little boys!

    Dear Vidya.
    Thanks for ur response. I can clearly see my husband( when I first moved in with him) in the bachelor article! The mayonnaise and the coffee jar was sent to me by a very dear friend who cares about me a lot. I have read it so many times and long to have coffee with that friend after reading it! Its so true... in the race for the smaller things in life, we forget about the bigger things...things that really matter to us..or shall I say " things that should reaally matter to us".
    Ive got lots of good ones like these and will defenitly keep them flowing..

    Cheers

    Ridhima
     
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    Thanks Safa

    Im glad u like the article Safa. Im sure all of us can learn a tip or two from the mayonnaise jar for our lives!!

    Regards

    Ridhima
     

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