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    The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

    Wes Nagy sent this to me, I thought I’d pass this along this holiday season:

    When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in one 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 same 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 - God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions-things (like music) that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

    The pebbles are the other things that also matter, like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else-all 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. If you put all the pebbles in first,
    there is no room for 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 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."

    Gary Garritan

    (Thanks for the coffee )

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    That my friend is awesome! Thanks for sharing Gary. Time for a cup of coffee.
    Styxx

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    How about two root beer floats for us Mormons?
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    Re: The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by Shazbot
    How about two root beer floats for us Mormons?
    OK Root Beer for Shaz - how about decaff coffee too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    OK Root Beer for Shaz - how about decaff coffee too?
    Nah, that still won't cut it. Herbal tea would be okay.
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    How cool is that folks!

    Thank you Gary, that's kinda like don't sweat the small stuff.
    Thank you Gary, for always being a positive person around here.
    Thank you Gary, for showing us a piece of your heart and soul.
    Thank you Gary,
    Thank you Gary,
    Thank you Gary.

    with much appreciation for you!

    DPDan

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    Oooh, I'll have to remember that one. Thanks Gary.
    Tim

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    This is too much.

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    Re: The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by Shazbot
    Nah, that still won't cut it. Herbal tea would be okay.
    Shaz, Herbal tea it is.

    It's on me when your on this side of the mountains.

    Gary Garritan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    Shaz, Herbal tea it is.

    It's on me when your on this side of the mountains.

    Gary Garritan
    Right on. You get the drinks and I'll get the food. What? Lobster? Caviar? Crab Legs? Now, wait a minute here, mister... That better be some darn good herbal tea!

    We'll probably be driving out to Seattle in the spring, once the new baby (any day now) and the Mommy are in travelling shape. We look forward to hooking up with you.
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