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    When things get you down (a bit of philosophy)

    Life and a Cup 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.

    So 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
    cour se, 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 ball are the
    important things--your family, your children, your health, your friends,
    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, 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 n ever have room for
    the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are
    critical to your contentment and peace and purpose. Play with your
    children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to
    dinner. Take the senic route. 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."

    So, remember, 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 coffee!"
    (Taken from an Internet Yahoo group.)

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    nice post tock. anything that enables you to see things from a different angle isn't a bad thing.

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    words of wisdom

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    "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.

    So 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.
    Those students deserve F's! How are the jars full if theres still room for pebbles. I think i might have missed the point..

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    I have heard that before at church, still good to see it again. I think I focus on the Sand sometimes instead of the Golfballs, I need to do better at that.

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    this will be good for my social philosophy paper

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    Nice post Tock

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    Good post.

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    Tock...
    Great post...
    Everyone should get a chance to read it....

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    ive read this before. its good you posted it, nothing like appreciating the more important things in life

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    Thats pretty cool, I hve never heard that one before.

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    Were the golf balls Top Flite Platinums by any chance?



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    No they were Titlest. Tock by far your best post, very true, how easily we forget those little things in life.

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    Thank You. I needed that.

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    great thread.....analogies like that will never die...

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    Wheres the phone, I'm calling mom!! Great post, very true.

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    Good post...

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    great post tock!

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