A Curious Story About The Mayonnaise Jar & The Two Cups Of Coffee
This story came to me from one of my coaching group members, Bill Bowman from Apex North Carolina. I think you’ll like it — especially as an uplifting way of closing out your week.
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 cups of coffee.
Here’s the deal: 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 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, and the students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”
The professor them 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. Your family, your children, God, 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.
And the sand is everything else. All the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. And 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. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18 holes. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of your golf balls first — the things that really matter. Set your priorities — the rest is sand.
One of the students raised her hand and asked what the coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, “The coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem… there’s always room to sit down and have a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.
Good advice, don’t you think?
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