Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers

This is for another friend, who gave such a beautiful insight by a post of his..!!! I wanted to reply to him there, but then, I thought, I should be sharing it with you all also...
It is so often in life that we forget the most important things... and we want the most trivial things in life. Its often that we misplace our priorities in life.
Here is a lil philosophy that my father shared with me, for all my lovely readers to ponder about..

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 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

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

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.

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. So go home and share a couple of beers with your loved ones today! :)

So what say??

1 comment:

Jack said...


Very true discription of life. If we understand and follow this without getting perturbed about small things, the life will be much more livable not only for us but those closer to us also.

Take care