Life is not a journey to the grave
with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up,
totally worn out,
and loudly proclaiming–
WOW–What a Ride!"


The Mayonnaise Jar and the Two cups of coffee

The Mayonnaise Jar and the Two cups of coffee
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When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24
in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two cups of
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
empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then
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
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 that it was.                                                                                        The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the
Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the
was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table
poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty
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, your family, your children, your health, your
and your favorite passions–and if everything else was lost and only
remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other
that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is
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
all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for
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 spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There
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.
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
you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a
couple of cups of coffee with a friend."
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