Sunday, March 05, 2006

Time for a Cup?

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 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 an 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.

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The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided,
"I want you to recognize that this jar represents your

"The golf balls are the important things - your God,
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

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.

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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 cup of coffee
with a friend."

Author Unknown


English Professor said...

Now wait a minute--didn't you post at bookworm's site that teachers lie to their students for socialist ends? This seems contradictory. Tsk tsk. :-)

benning said...

Maybe it is. But I did have some teachers that I admired, who taught me, and who didn't try to invest every subject with some sort of poitical meaning. And I was not an easy student to teach. I was a class clown.

But, having sat through an (High School)English class with a teacher who was bound and determined to explain why the union he belonged to was going on strike, and why the other union was evil and filled with liars, and then urged all of us to walk out in solidarity .... I know there are lousy teachers, too. Adults who are unable to be teachers because they cannot put their own political activities away while they teach. The good ones are tremendous! The lousy ones should be fired.

I have had a few teachers in my life that had no business in a classroom.