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Is the jar full

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by Shanvy, Aug 27, 2007.

  1. Shanvy

    Shanvy IL Hall of Fame

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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 sugar 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 sugar 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 - 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.

    "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
     
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  2. twinsmom

    twinsmom Silver IL'ite

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    shanvy,
    very true... One should spare time in these days of ratrace to relax... and what better way than share a cuppa with a friend?
     
  3. Rajjo

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    nice post abt life
     
  4. malspie

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    Relaxing with a friend is the best time in life... I often do it. With a tiring day out and managing home, I feel to relax in the evening with no pressure to my brain. A coffee with my friend, a long walk, a long chat on phone oh!!! gives me immense satisfaction.........
     
  5. Manjureddy

    Manjureddy Gold IL'ite

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    Hi Shanvy !
    Loved the last line , the moral of the story. Truly, whats life without sharing a cuppa with a good friend !

    regards
    manjula
     
  6. madhu11

    madhu11 Bronze IL'ite

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    Hi Shanvy,

    Loved the last line. You should always share a cup of coffee with a good friends.:)
     
  7. slp807

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    Good post shanvy
     
  8. Sriniketan

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    Nice post to remember, Shanvy1
    Sriniketan
     
  9. honeybee

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    Dear Shanvy
    Received the same message as a forward from a friend in US.. the change is "Coffee is substituted by beer"! :wink:
    May be americanised version of the same concept...:)
    I have given the changes alone with your original lines..

    Regards
    Honeybee

    The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

    One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented.

    The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked.

    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 beers at “Club Parkin”.

     
  10. Vysan

    Vysan Gold IL'ite

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    Hi

    Good one....

    After reading ur post, i understand what i miss out......
    Missing the dinner out with my wife..... and a cup of coffee with my VVV close friend.....:yes:

    Thanks for reminding me........:2thumbsup:

    Veda
     

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