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The Mayonnaise Jar and the Coffee

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Berichtdoor Jolien » 22/02/06 11:05

Hallo,

Van een collega kreeg ik onderstaand verhaal, dat ik jullie ook graag wil laten lezen. Enjoy!


The Mayonnaise Jar and the 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 the 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 then 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 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 faith, 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 you 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. Spend time with friends. 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 you
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.
Jolien
 
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Berichtdoor marianna » 22/02/06 11:26

Beste Jolien,

Ik ben er even stil van...... :roll:

Het zet mij weer even aan het denken waar het allemaal eigenlijk om draait in het leven.


Dank je voor deze waardevolle, mooie, wijze levensles :D

Warme groet,


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Berichtdoor Jacqueline V » 22/02/06 12:06

Mooie vergelijking ! _/-\o_
Groetjes,
Jacqueline
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Berichtdoor ek » 22/02/06 16:55

Mooie metafoor. :perfect: Had iets dergelijks als eens op tv gezien, maar was de vergelijking met het leven kwijt. Zet me even weer aan het denken. 8)

groetjes,

Hans
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Berichtdoor Erik » 22/02/06 19:09

Mirre voor de ziel. Heerlijk. Dank je wel.

Groet,


Erik.
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