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Offline Edward Bear

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Worth a thought
« on: February 12, 2013 »
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    > Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers...
    > 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
    > recognise that this jar represents your life.
    >
    > The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children,
    > your health, your friends and your favourite 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 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.