Archive for July, 2011
So much is going on in my life these past few months. My life has been an open book since I started this blog by sharing things I never thought I would tell anybody and then sharing things most would care less to know about.
What has been transpiring lately I would rather not share at all. If I tell you the truth and say it is really nothing bad that has happened, I doubt you will believe me – but it is true. Things have just been so hectic and rushed that I really had no time or no desire to blog.
Mostly I did not have the time. I want you to know that I have noticed the amount of emails I have received. I just checked last week and I promise to respond to everyone. I hate that I was so preoccupied and I didn’t even have time to read emails.
Things appear to be calming down a bit and I hope to start posting again. I promise before long I will also be visiting the blogs of all my friends and leaving what I hope will be witty and poignant comments. Stay tuned and thanks for being patient with me.
I found this post on my friend Sylvia’s blog who got this from a friend at work. If life has got you down or the stress of life is too much to bear right now, I think you might enjoy this little read on the important things.
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.
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.
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.
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.”