Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thoughts for Thursday - The Mayonnaise Jar and the 2 Glasses of Wine

Before I get to The Mayonnaise Jar and the 2 Glasses of Wine, I had to share a couple of thoughts for today.

1) I am 26 years old and can't recall ever seeing a live Armadillo, I know I live in Texas, it is the state animal, but I think I have only seen them after they have had a visit with a taxidermist. Usually with the tacky beer bottle on their backs, or as road kill, but this morning when I got to work... at the crack of dawn, I saw one just roaming across the parking lot. I took a picture and that is when it occurred to me that I don't recall seeing one before, alive and in person that is. It was pretty neat, and a fun way to start off the day, here is a picture (not great, but still visible).

2) My daughter is getting so big, every time I turn around she seems taller, smarter, and even more wonderful than the day before. It is amazing!

3) Last night I did it! I cut into the surprise gift. I actually got everything cut out for it! It didn't take super long and now I can start putting it together, although tonight I might try and cut out everything for the other one, we will see. Why is it that sometimes directions are scary, is it because you want to make sure you understand them?

With out further ado, here is The Mayonnaise Jar and the 2 Glasses of Wine - to give you some food for thoughts.

The Mayonnaise Jar and the 2 Glasses of Wine

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 unanimous yes. The professor then produced two glasses of wine 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; 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 sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the wine 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 glasses of wine with a friend.

- Author Unknown

Anyways, hope that you all have a wonderful Thursday!

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