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Is your jar full?


Monday, March 11, 2013



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 an unanimous "Yes."



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.



"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, 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, 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."



When he had finished, there was a profound silence. Then one of the students raised her hand and with a puzzled expression, inquired what the beer 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 beers."

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

Borrowed story from long ago! Author Unknown

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/11/2013 5:53PM

    Hi dear friend! I heard this story before and I have always liked it. Thanks so much for sharing it. I hope you are feeling a little bit stronger today. God bless! Love, Chelsea emoticon

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NASFKAB 3/11/2013 1:03PM

  great thanks

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CHESAKAT41 3/11/2013 12:57PM

    Such a good story - I remember reading something like this years ago, but it is something one doesn't forget. Great posting. I hope you have a glorious day, thanks for your visit...
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YMWONG22 3/11/2013 8:32AM

  Heard this one before ... but it is always meaningful to read about it again. It makes me reflect and remind me to put my priorities right.
Thanks.
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SANDRALEET 3/11/2013 8:20AM

    The daily walk with God is my beer that holds me together

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SPARKCHANTAL 3/11/2013 8:17AM

    a life with only beer is enough for some!

great blog

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