THE MAYONNAISE JAR

Have you ever been at a point when things in your life seems almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day seems not enough; at such times please always remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.  This story is told of a professor who stood before his philosophy class one day with 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 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 – God, family, children, health, friends, and favourite 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, house, and 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. So… this work week, pay attention to the things that are critical to your wellbeing: your relationship with God, your spouse and your children. Take your family, friends and partners to dinner to strengthen your intimacy. Go for a medical check- up to know the state of your health.   There will always be time to clean the house and fix other things. Take care of the golf balls first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities right. The rest are 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.

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2 responses to “THE MAYONNAISE JAR

  1. Chukwudi

    Its amazing that despite your tight schedule, you still find time to write. Wonderful piece. Well done Bro. Miss you loads. Love to Ono….

  2. Its amazing that despite your tight schedule, you still find time to write. Wonderful piece. Well done Bro. Miss you loads. Love to Ono….
    +1

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