True Happiness

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  1. dsrini

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    When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24
    hours in a day are not enough, just remember the mayonnaise jar and
    the coffee.

    A philosophy professor stood before his 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

    He asked the students if the jar was full.

    They agreed it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles
    and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar slightly. The pebbles
    rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the
    students 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...things that if
    everything else is 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 a medical check up. Take your
    partner out to dinner. Play another 18 holes. There will always be
    time to clean the house and fix the screen door. 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 asked what the coffee
    represented. The professor smiled. " I'm glad you asked, " he said.
    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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