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The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Beers

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by RightInTwo, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. RightInTwo

    RightInTwo Power Member

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    Thought this was a good pick me up to start my day and wanted to share it with you all.

    The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Beers

    When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours
    a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.
    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
    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 Beers 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. Spend
    time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with
    grandparents.
    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 Beer
    represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'

    the Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem,
    there's always room for a couple of beers with a friend.'
     
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  2. ok888

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    One of the reasons I love BHW is due to threads like these. Honestly, didn't realize until after reading this that the last time I took the wife out for dinner, was perhaps many months ago. Been too caught up chasing my monthly targets.

    Making reservations for tomorrow night's 'date'

    Cheers mate!! Your post just managed to pull me out of the race to chill out a bit.

    Thanks.
     
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    M1ndfluX Senior Member

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    So true :D
     
  5. reinie

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    What a great story. Thanks!
    Puts things in perspective again
     
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    Thanks man, good one!
     
  7. RightInTwo

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    Thats awesome to hear! This made my day!
     
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  8. RightInTwo

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    No problem! Like your Avatar btw. :)
     
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    Ha! I remember when I used to pour the beer in first. 2 40oz. bottles worth. Used to suck to be me. Now I don't touch the stuff and every day is a good day. Even my frustrating days are fantastic! Nice post OP.
     
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    Never you mind.
    What a great story, thank you so much. As I sit here writing this my partner is right next to me and Ive been too busy doing silly random things on the computer all night. Going to turn this bad boy off soon and enjoy some time together.
     
  11. RightInTwo

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    Its awesome to hear comments like this! Working hard is good, but got to remember our loved ones!