A Little Life Lesson: The Mayonnaise Jar

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My lovelies, don't we all have those days when 24 hours is simply not enough and the day just zooms by without notice? Well, a few days ago I read a sweet little story that made me realize that I should focus on my golf balls in my mayonnaise jar. Confused? Well, if you have two minutes to spare, brew yourself a cuppa and enjoy the little story that just became my life lesson:
"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 fills 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 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 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, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things. Things, that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the things that matter. The sand is everything else - the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar 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...
So...pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. 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 and said, “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."

Make sense, doesn't it? What do you think? xo

P.S: More?
P.P.S: And my take on happiness:)
(Thanks to the lovely DianaTrotter. Photo by Angela Blumen)

14 comments:

Alexa said...

Oh I love that story. So sweet. Thanks for sharing...good way to start the week!

HiLLjO said...

I've been seeing a "mayonnaise jar" story going around but I haven't stopped to read it until now. Glad I did :o)

Sini said...

Love this story! Xx

Nicole Jeannette said...

I've always loved this story. Have a great day!

hello.agi said...

Ohh I love this story :)

Laura Bear said...

I just love that so very much, thank you so much for sharing that! I will be thinking about what my golf balls vs sand are for some time now. :)

Nicole Marie said...

i actually read this a few months ago... so beautiful

Kait said...

How sweet! What a great story, thank you for sharing :)

Punctuation Mark said...

im speechless... THANKS!!!!

little t said...

Brilliant!

Diana Mieczan said...

Alexa:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Awesome, HiLLjO:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Laura, I adore your comment:)

Diana Mieczan said...

My pleasure, Punctuation Mark:) xoxo

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