Mayo Jar & Two Beers - a life lesson.

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Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers... 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 2 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 a unanimous 'yes.' 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. Tom Larsen
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Comments (7)

Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

This post made me smile, Tom.  Thank you.  I really needed that today.

Apr 07, 2009 09:07 AM
Mike Hendren
Mike Hendren Photography - Cloudcroft, NM

Tom, that is a terrific story and sooo true!  Too many times, we let the "small stuff" interfere with what's really important.

Twenty-five years ago, when I was a new co-pilot at Delta, I flew with a Captain who had 2 rules:

  1. Don't sweat the small stuff.
  2. There is no big stuff.

(Note:  I substituted "stuff" for his word "sh**".  :-)

Apr 12, 2009 04:44 AM
Mike Hendren
Mike Hendren Photography - Cloudcroft, NM

Tom, how about letting us Re-Blog this one?  I think it's a great story that should be shared.


Apr 12, 2009 04:45 AM
Tom Larsen
The Larsen Protection Team - Williamsville, NY
We Shop, You Save!

Go ahead and re-blog it, Mike. I'd be honored.

Apr 12, 2009 11:25 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Tom, Mike Kendren sent me over here to read this after he read one of my posts. LOL, great post for sure! Thank you.

Apr 15, 2009 01:22 AM
Jessica Cox
Perfectly Polished Home - Dallas, TX
Dallas Home Staging

Hey Tom - I have seen similar examples several times, but the beer part is a first for me & definitely something that shouldn't be left out! Have a great day!

May 06, 2009 07:06 AM
Tom Larsen
The Larsen Protection Team - Williamsville, NY
We Shop, You Save!

Jessica, thanks and spending time with friends is definitely time well spent!


May 06, 2009 11:42 PM