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Bluemoon
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From: Stafford, VA USA
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posted June 20, 2005 06:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bluemoon     Edit/Delete Message
I thought some of you may enjoy this e-mail I recieved.


MAYONNAISE JAR and TWO CUPS OF COFFEE

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
two 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
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 liquid 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, children, health, friends, and 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, house,
and 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."

"So...
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."

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taurean_scorpion
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posted June 20, 2005 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for taurean_scorpion     Edit/Delete Message
oopsies

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taurean_scorpion
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From: santa monica, california
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posted June 20, 2005 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for taurean_scorpion     Edit/Delete Message
That story's very nice, Bluemoon.

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virgotaurustaurus
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posted June 20, 2005 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for virgotaurustaurus     Edit/Delete Message
I love that story! Always reminds me I need to reorganize my priorities

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WaterNymph
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posted June 21, 2005 05:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WaterNymph     Edit/Delete Message
Lovely story BM

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leoelf
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posted June 21, 2005 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for leoelf     Edit/Delete Message

I love you, moonbeam.

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Bluemoon
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posted June 21, 2005 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bluemoon     Edit/Delete Message
Love you like the moon loves the sun!

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Philbird
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posted June 21, 2005 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philbird     Edit/Delete Message
Missionary Bluemoon, again!

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Johnny
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posted June 21, 2005 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Johnny     Edit/Delete Message
Great story. *sniff*

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Bluemoon
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From: Stafford, VA USA
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posted June 21, 2005 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bluemoon     Edit/Delete Message
lol, Missonary again!

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