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 glasses of wine…
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
The professor then produced two
glasses of wine from
represents your life.
The golf balls are the important things;
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,
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.
Pay attention to the things that are
critical to your happiness.
to get medical
checkups. Take your partner out to
dinner. Play another
18 holes. 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.’
hand and inquired what the wine represented.
The professor smiled.
to show you that no matter how full
your life may seem,
there’s always room for a couple of
glasses of wine with