I came across this reading some time ago (and you may have too!) and it resonated with me….
The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee (or Two Glasses of Wine)
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 two cups of coffee [two glasses of wine].
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 [two glasses of wine] 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; 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, 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. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play a round of golf. 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 [wine] 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 [glasses of wine] with a friend."
Interesting food for thought! :-)
Thinking about your personal movie of your life, if you were to look at your life all the way back from today until you were born, as if it were a movie on a screen, how happy, satisfied or content would you be with your life to date? Be honest!
Remember, this isn’t a dress rehearsal, this is the real thing, each and every day, and we only get one shot at this lifetime, in this body. If you aren’t already, be present and start to be more aware of how you’re investing your time and making your movie – minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year.
Do you do what you love and love what you do? Do you wake up with excitement and enthusiasm? Does your heart and soul sing with joy? Do you delight in the magic each day brings? How do you feel about your life and future? What do you see for yourself going forward?
It’s a lifelong journey, an amazing experience, an exciting adventure we’re all living here on earth school and it can be, seem or feel like a rollercoaster at times …. however, it’s your life! Your life to make it what you want it to be …. a thrilling and joyful experience or one that’s daunting and scary! Whatever you choose for yourself, enjoy the ride and make it a life you love living! :-)
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