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Saturday, 28 July 2012

Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers...

Received this in an e-mail post from my son-in-law, so thought I would share it with you guys ....

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

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.

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 a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers 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.

Spend time with your children.

Spend time with your parents.

Visit with grandparents.

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 Beer represented.

The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'

The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

Please share this with someone you care about.. I JUST DID!



  1. I LOVE this. Everything else really is just sand (and beer) but you know if COORS made the commercial, they'd push the beer part as well, making up for everything else.
    Good job, Tom. It really is wonderful.

  2. Marylin, yep and nice to receive from s-I-l too. I have a bunch of grand kids arriving today so will be spending quality time with those that matter. Hope you have a great Sunday too xxxx

  3. Repeating Marylin's sentiment - I love this! This is now my official philosophy - Yes, I know, it kinda always was, but not in such a visual way.

  4. Julia, it is such a good sentiment ... My jar was totally full today with three grand daughters running me ragged with 15 month old Lacey Mae in particular now reaching and crawling after me. The reason she is still crawling is that her two big sisters are her 'fetch' slaves. It's so funny, she throws something and they run and fetch it for her, she has them well trained

  5. Hilarious, Tom! I bet all she has to do is make some noise and they understand that too and fetch for her.

  6. I agree with Julia on this one, great visual. A great reminder.

    Hey! Just thought of something. Do you care if I borrow this and post it on my blog? I'd love to share it with all the authors and parents struggling with time constraints.

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Kirkus, nice to see you here again. As I published it, author unknown and fully agree with all it says, I think the more people who see it it the better, reproduce away my friend..

  8. Cool! Will do. :)

    And glad to be back! I'm still working on a way to get this whole social media thing under control.I'm getting better every day, but I need to get back to chatting with my long term pals.

    I'm just glad you're all so forgiving... most of the time, haha.

  9. This is really making the rounds. I think that's good, it's something we all need to hear once in a while.

  10. To true, Tim. We need to sit back from time to time and chill with the ones that are important to us, and with a beer, what could be better....


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