SRS "The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Beers"

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  1. Autoeng

    Autoeng New Member

    Feb 7, 2007
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    I don't know who wrote this but it can help put things into perspective...

    When things in your life seem almost too much to handle,
    when 24 hours in a day is not enough
    remember this recycled story:

    "The Mayonnaise Jar and Two 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 an unanimous

    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
    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---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 time to get medical checkups. 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.'
  2. 7960

    7960 New Member

    Oct 17, 2004
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    New England
    aunt lucy? you registered here?

    since you're going to post these here, can you please stop emailing them to me?
  3. Traker82

    Traker82 New Member

    Jan 10, 2008
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    I enjoyed it
  4. Autoeng

    Autoeng New Member

    Feb 7, 2007
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    My dearest nephew, since you don't write back and never visit


    Auntie Peg
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2008

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