Is life too much to handle?

Jun 28, 2010, 9:15 PM |

The Mayonnaise Jar 

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, 
When 24 hours in a day is not enough; 
remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of 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 start 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 
it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. 
The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.


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 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 - 
children, health, friends, and favorite passions 
Things that if everything else was lost 
and only they remained, your life would still be full. 

The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and 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. 

There will always be time 
to clean the house and fix the dripping tap. 

'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.' 

Please share this with other "Golf Balls"

"Nothing can separate. We are more than conquerors."