When Things In Life Seem Too Much

I apologize that I have no true attribution for the following, other than I acquired it at the YahooGroup World Vents.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle

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 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
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 — God, family, 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 other 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. 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.”

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 two
cups of coffee.

Have a Great Weekend!

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