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Stressed Out?

Take 2 cups of coffee in a mayonnaise jar…

When things in your life seem too much to handle, when 24 hours  in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise and 2 cups of 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 full.


The professor then picked up a box of

pebbles and poured them into the jar.

He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles rolled in 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 cups of

coffee from under the table

And poured the entire contents into the jar,


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 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, house, 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 head

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”.

Please share this with someone you care about.




Have a wonderful day friends,



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