A mayonnaise jar and 2 beers

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Topic tags/keywords: family and friends humor

Just received this from a friend and thought it was worth sharing with all my LJ family.

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 time to get medical checkups.

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!


-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#1 posted 1782 days ago

I’ve seen this before, but it was worth another read. Good stuff!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 1782 days ago

Great story! How true it is.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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Rob Drown

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#3 posted 1782 days ago

Gives you a good mental picture that is easy to remember. First things first.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#4 posted 1782 days ago

What a great story!
Very true!

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 1782 days ago

Good un!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 1782 days ago

Thanks, I needed that today.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Rob Drown

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#7 posted 1782 days ago

Good analogy.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#8 posted 1782 days ago

Seen it before. Allways a good reminder of how we should view life.

Thank you.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#9 posted 1782 days ago

Thanks, Jerry. This is so true.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 1782 days ago

I seen this before, but like a lot of other things it was just like new.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 1782 days ago

Hey Jerry They got all of that story right,thanks for sharing

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 1782 days ago


-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#13 posted 1781 days ago

Makes me want to start drinking again!

-- what a long, strange trip it's been...

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#14 posted 1781 days ago

My philosophy all along.. a couple of beers with a friend.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#15 posted 1780 days ago

Something to live by. I hope to get there some day.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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