Monday, December 22, 2008

Worth Reading

I got an email from my wonderful father today that I'd like to share with my readers. He happened to send it to me when I really needed to read it. Although I have read this email before, but for some reason it really struck something in my heart tonight, hence my reason for sharing. It is as follows:


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 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-
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

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.'

The emphasized paragraphs, I highlighted because they are those that mean the most to me. I am sure a lot of you have already read this email going around. I ask that you please contemplate and really think about what the meaning is behind this story. Even if you don't remember it tomorrow, today it could make all the difference in the world - especially to those you love and care for.

Thanks Dad for reminding me to basically stop and smell the wonderful roses I have. They are beautiful and worth every moment, good, bad, ugly and glorious. I love you. xxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooo


  1. I love, love, loved this Stefanie. I'd never read it before. Thank you for sharing! And Merry Christmas!

  2. That was great and so true. We get wrapped up too much with the small stuff!!!

  3. I've never read that before...LOVE it! It's so true! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. That's a story worth reading every couple of months. Thanks.


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