When things in your life seem too much to handle, when 24 hrs in a day are not enough, remember the mayonaise jar and two glasses of wine.
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 jar of mayonaise and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. "yes " they replied. 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 spaces between the golf balls. He asked the students again is the jar full "yes" He then picked up a box of sand and poured that into the jar. Of course the sand filled up everything else. Is it now full a unanimous "yes" The professor then produced two glasses of wine from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty spaces between the sand.
The students laughed , the professor said"NOW I want you to recognise that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things, your family, children, your health, friends, and your favourite passions; things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would be still full". The pebbles represent the other things your job, car, your house. The sand is everything else; the small stuff. "If you put the sand in first 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 your partner out to dinner, play another round of 18. There will always be time to clean the house and take out the rubbish. 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 wine represented. The professor smiled " I'm glad you asked . It just goes to show that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of glasses of wine with a good friend"
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