Posted: November 21, 2010 in INSPIRASI/MOTIVASI

The Story Of A 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 proceeded 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 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 – family,
children, health, Friends, and Favorite  passions ˆ
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, 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 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.’
Please share this with other “Golf  Balls” and friends


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