Friday, April 30, 2010

"the mayonnaise jar"

This was an email I received a few days is an old story but it makes you think about your life and what is important...

"A professor stood before his Philosophy class and had some items in front of him. He picked up a large 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 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.

He picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. 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 2 cups of coffee from under the table and poured the contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now”, said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “This jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – your God, family, children, health, friends and your 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 your car. The sand is everything else – the small stuff.

“If you put the sand in 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 over 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 check-ups. 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 cup of coffee with a friend”.

So in closing you embark on your weekend activities..think about your "mayonaise jar" and the priorites in your life...we are off to Keremeos, is exactly 336 kilometers from here and home of Doug's brother and his wife..the highway will be calling our name after work today..have a great weekend everyone..

'Keep your eye on the prize'


  1. Love it! Stealing it!

    Thank you!
    I am Ant-Zee really... PIA to sign out as Neil Z

  2. Nice! Thanks for sharing. Very good message for us all. I hope you all have a really wonderful weekend!! :)

    Mike & Gerri


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