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Monday, January 11, 2010

Keep it all in perspective!

It seems that stolen text is developing as my blog this week.  But, when I read something that I believe is true to my existence and thoughts, I steal it.(with credit given)  Thanks to Hugh fopr sharing the following!   I think many of us, myself included tend to get caught up in the little stuff for no logical reason.  Next time it happens to you(or me) ask yourself, 'is it going to kill me', 'will this hurt someone else', ' will I still be able to get out of bed tomorrow morning'??  We are privildged to have an ability to do what we do.  We get up in the morning and have the means, resources and self confidence to chase our dreams and enjoy the journey!  So nect time you run a slow race, get a flat tire or stub your toe, suck it up!  it could be worse!  Enjoy reading!


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. So 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 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, 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 couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

Hope your week is awesome!


  1. I simply loved that story, what a good message with a great visual. Thank you for reposting this!

  2. I really liked this post.. it came at a great time.. thanks!