INSPIRATIONAL STORIES: “The mayonnaise jar and the two cups of coffee”

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A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some 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. 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.

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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 family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions — and 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 spouse 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.”

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Trina Graves says:

    Great inspirational story and quotes too. 🙂 Thank you, Amira. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much dear Trina! I am glad you enjoyed the story and the quotes 🙂 ❤

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  2. Absolutely true and agree totally with this story, Amira. Time and tide does not wait for anyone or anything and one has to do what is best and give time to each and every being and aspect of life and enjoy and be happy with them and in ourselves. A story of wisdom and inspiration. Lovely pictures and quotes of profundity.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal for your appreciation and contribution. I always value your comments as we share the same views. 🙂

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      1. Welcome dear Amira and keep on inspiring all of us always. Love and hugs dear.

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        1. You too dear friend! I love your beautiful blog! Love and hugs back!

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          1. Thanks so much dear Amira.

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