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A MAYONNAISE JAR AND 2 CUPS OF COFFEE

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours
in a day are not enough, remember this story about a mayonnaise jar and
2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class with several 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 and 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 and 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 God, your 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 loved one 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 he! r 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."