Thursday, 21 June 2012

Following on from my last post, Joy oops I mean Eileen, (sorry!) kindly replied with this, I have read it before but still like it so thought I would share it as well.  Thanks Joy, I think these reminders are good.

Life in a Jar

When things in your life seem, almost too much to handle, When 24 Hours in a day is not enough, Remember the 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, 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 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 – 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. 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.

Have a good day everyone, Yvonne and I are playing dodge the raindrops today!!  So I guess I am adding coffee to my jar today.


  1. What a lovely way to look at things :)

  2. I'd love to take credit for this, but sadly I have to admit that it was Eileen, not me. However, like you, I've seen it before, but it does no harm to read it again, being reminded of what its all really about is a good thing, Joy xx

  3. Oh oops, thanks Joy, really must start wearing my glasses more when on here!! x

  4. What a lovely reminder of what is important in life, sometimes its easy to get caught up with the small stuff. Thanks for sharing and for commenting on my blog! Tracey x

  5. Brilliant, I have not seen it before!

  6. we all need a reminder at times of what's important and this is a good way to look at it xx

  7. mmm, our school head gave it to me when I was Chair of Gov and Mum was ill.. it made great sense, so I gave up being a Governor!! If your rain drops were like ours today you didn't find it easy dodging!!

  8. and I had my couple of cups of coffee with a friend today, yes there is always time xx
    Love and Hugs


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