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Sploofus Editor
Tue, 29th May '07 6:18 PM


This post was made earlier in duplicate. In attempting to remove one copy, both disappeared. Apologies for the accidental deletion.

Something to share that I read

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 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.

So 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 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-your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your 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, 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. 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 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."

Berylm  (Level: 163.9 - Posts: 478)
Tue, 29th May '07 7:08 PM

Seen it before, but the reminder is timely - and it's definitely something to remember (and try to live by)!

Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Tue, 29th May '07 9:10 PM

Nice thought. Thank you for bringing it to us.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 30th May '07 10:47 AM

That's so interesting and a very important lesson to learn about Life.
Sometimes, the posts are so good, I wish there was a way to e-mail them to myself so I can keep them. Does anyone know a way to do that????

Pocahontas1951  (Level: 55.4 - Posts: 172)
Wed, 30th May '07 8:58 PM

Hi, I really liked this and highlighted, copied and pasted to an email to send to family and friends.
Thanks, Debbie

Allena  (Level: 268.7 - Posts: 1418)
Thu, 31st May '07 11:22 PM

The teacher then took a jar of chocolate and put some worms in it and sealed it. Then he took a jar of cigarette smoke and put some worms in it as well. Then a jar of Jack Daniels, and some worms and closed it as well. returning to the jar of chocolate he opened it and found all dead worms. The same with the jar of smoke and the jar of Jack ... all dead worms. He then asked the class, "What did you just learn?"

Maxine rose and announced, "If you eat chocolate, smoke cigarettes and drink Jack Daniels, you won't get worms."

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