Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee

Life has been a little overwhelming upon returning home from Disney! It has been an adjustment to get back into the swing of things, and being that this week is insanely busy hasn't helped matters any. I felt like I was at wits end last night as I was finishing all of our laundry after getting home from work while also working on the details for the wedding I am coordinating this weekend and the details for Reagan's birthday party this weekend. WHEW!

As I was driving to work this morning, I heard a very interesting story on the radio. My normal morning radio station is "The Beat 94.5" in that they play the right kind of music to wake me up and get me moving each morning. Rarely do they get very philosophical about much of anything! But this morning was a different story. I was able to find a copy of the script that the announcer was reading, and I have posted it here below...

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

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 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 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--your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions--and 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 spouse 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."

Listening to that story put it all into perspective for me this morning. I am going to try to remember the mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee when it seems like I can't get it all done. I mean... is it really all that important that our clothes are perfectly ironed and non-wrinkled this week????


Sherrie said...

Wow...that really DOES put it all in perspective!!!! Thank you so much for sharing. Now, I may have to "steal" it and post it on my blog. I promise to give credit to you for posting it first. But -- I think it's worth sharing! Thanks for sharing! I need to remember the mayo jar and two cups of coffee daily! Thanks!

Loved your Disney pics, too. Sounds like you all had a fabulous time!

{Kimber} said...

I have heard or read that somewhere's a great reminder!!

valerie said...

I love your post...yep you always need to put things in perspective. And the fact that the clothes are not ironed perfectly will not even nmatter in the grand scheme of things! The things you will remember are the memories and the time you spent together as a family.

Tiffany said...

I love this! Just what I needed today Thank you!!!!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Perfect! Thank you!!