Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Reminder....

My mum sent this to me.
I'm sure most of us must have read this, but for those who haven't - I say read, and act on it,
and for those of you who have read it- It's only a Reminder :-)

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, quietly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and starts 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. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor then 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 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 - God, family, children, health, friends, and favourite 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.
So...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.'Feel free to share this with other "Golf Balls", I just did.

It's a new week, Let's put our "Golf balls" in place.

~Sirius~ Signing out.
Over & Out.

PS; I wonder if attaching a photo works from my BB?

Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device


fantasy queen said...

did u attach the photo with ur bb? i've been trying to do that too.

esquire said...

True talk.

Myne Whitman said...

This is a great analogy. Thanks for sharing..

UnderCover07 said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing!

Rose said...

I love this, and it's the raw simplicity of it that has endeared me to it so. :-). Thank you!

Such a great reminder for this new week.

Writefreak said...

This is so nice! It's a question of What matters most!


nice one. Thanks for sharing. Hope all is well

Rita said...

I have read this before but the truth in it never ceases to make me reflect. Beautiful...

CaramelD said...

We definately needed a reminder x

Miss Natural said...

I heard that story before...and its lesson is so powerful. We should all take time, pause and smell the coffee. In my case, herbal tea lol. so that we dont look back and wonder how time flew by leaving us no tangible memories.
Your blog is soo deja vu to me btw, dont know why.

Ms.O said...

My dad sent this to me a while ago, when I was going through some rough times. It makes me smile all the time. hmm who should I go for coffee with?

cerberus said...

Spoken with the sanctity of truth and the firmness of reality.

m1ke said...

right on point!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post. I actually needed to read this right now.

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Afronuts said...

Beautiful and very inspiring piece. I took time to read this. There's a very important lesson to learn here. siriusly, thanks for sharing!

Funms-the rebirth said...

thank you...........

Neo said...

first time here.

nice analogy so true.

YankeeNaija said...

I really liked that. It puts things into perspective.