The Mayonaise Jar

By
Services for Real Estate Pros with Urban Knight Enterprises, Inc.

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 started 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.
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 '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.

So...

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Play with your children.
Spend time with your life partner.
Take time to get medical checkups.

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"

I just did.......

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Rainer
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Eric Lanspa
Town & Country Realtors - Sioux Falls, SD

I just blogged about Balance a couple of days ago.  Thanks for reiterating what I've always thought.

Mar 18, 2010 10:27 AM #1
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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

I really like this one;)  ANd we should always make time for acup of coffee or two!

Mar 18, 2010 02:32 PM #2
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Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

What a great story and life lesson. It is so true. I like the ending..even though there is a lot going on in our lives we must make time for our friends as well

Mar 18, 2010 02:56 PM #3
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Shobha Vyavahare
stagewithme, Greenville, South Carolina - Greenville, SC

I love an analogy that stays in your mind, this is one of those.  very nice, thanks for sharing.

Shobha

Mar 19, 2010 12:49 AM #4
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Denise OnullDell
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Mobile Notary Public/Real Estate Agent

Lately, I have been taking the time to stop and look at something every day (i.e. a beautiful flower or tree, a breathtaking sunset, a full moon, etc.) and I become filled with gratitude.  I also enjoy a good cup of coffee!

 

 

Mar 28, 2010 07:32 PM #5
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