The Mayonnaise Jar

Reblogger Michael J. Perry
Real Estate Agent with KW Elite

Grab a cup of coffee, slow down and read this article !!!!!!!

Original content by The Jeff Rickert Team RS294217 / RM423788


 The Mayonnaise  Jar

When  things in your life seem almost too much to handle,
When 24  hours in a day is not enough;
remember the mayonnaise jar 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 start 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
it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.
The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

H e 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  '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 favorite passions
Things  that if everything else was lost
and  only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the 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.


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.

There will always be time
to clean the house and fix the dripping tap.

'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.'

Please share this with other "Golf Balls"



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Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744


Thanks for reposting this. I have heard this example before, but was struck again by its significance. Thanks.


Mar 15, 2010 12:24 PM #1
Suzanne Strickler
Realty Mark Associates - Havertown, PA
School is never out for the Successful.

Michael - Excellent choice for a repost. It's true, sometimes my jar is so full of pebbles and sand the golf balls have to be squished in.

Mar 16, 2010 03:59 AM #2
Kevin Franklin
Keller Williams of Central PA East - Lancaster, PA

Great story to share  !!!!!!!!! I also saw this on your FB page - WTG !!!!!!!!!

Mar 16, 2010 06:33 AM #3
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

This is a great reblog-I haven't heard this before.


Mar 16, 2010 12:37 PM #4
Gail Sterback
Coldwell Banker Select Professionals, Lancaster PA - Mountville, PA
LancasterRelocation Specialist

Good reblog !!!!! Very motivating and important principles for life !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 18, 2010 02:02 AM #5
Jack Sterback
Coldwell Banker Select professionals, Lancaster , PA. - West Lancaster, PA
Relocation Specialist

As an instructor, this is something I'd like to try with one of my classes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 18, 2010 02:20 AM #6
Celesta Funk
KELLER WILLIAMS Realty - Millersville, PA

I really liked this and must remember to e-mail it to a couple of people !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 19, 2010 12:11 PM #7
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

I've seen versions of this story before.  It's a good reminder to keep perspective of what's important.

Mar 21, 2010 04:09 AM #8
Sharon Harris
Keller Williams Keystone Realty - Hanover, PA

Wow this powerful. I never heard this before. Love it . Thanks for sharing. And yes to taking to taking care of the golf balls!

Feb 16, 2011 11:58 PM #9
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