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Topic: THE MAYONNAISE JAR AND COFFEE (5 msgs / 83 lines)
1) From: Jim De Hoog
I was sent this today, and thought of y'all.
   
  THE MAYONNAISE JAR AND COFFEE
   
  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 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.
   
  So 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-your God, 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 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 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."

2) From: Michael Dhabolt
Jim,
Thank you.
Mike (just plain)

3) From: an iconoclast
On 5/10/06, Jim De Hoog  wrote:
Awesome.
Ann

4) From: Spencer Thomas
I heard a mini-sermon recently that alluded to this parable.  The
sermon went on to point out that, in life, the things that are
important to us change, and that sometimes it's necessary to dump out
the entire jar and repack it, starting with a different collection of
golf balls.  That in order to fit in new golf balls, we often have to
let go of some old ones that are no longer that important to us.  And
that this can be a really good thing to do.
On a more humorous note, I've also heard it with beer in place of the
coffee.  "No matter how full your life is, there's always room for
beer."
=S
On 5/10/06, Jim De Hoog  wrote:
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5) From: Don Cummings
The various water hazards of life take care of all my old golf balls.
On 5/12/06, Spencer Thomas  wrote:
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