Friday, August 21, 2009

Some Thoughts to Ponder

Two cups of coffee or tea a day cuts smokers’ stroke risk I received this email and I thought of sharing it with you. It is somehow enlightening and is something you could reflect on. For those who already have this in their inbox, I hope you'll read and ponder once again.

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee. 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 balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agree 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. 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 happiness. Play with your children. 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. 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."

8 Comentários:

chubskulit said...

Korek ka dyan TitaB, life isn't complete without a presence of someone who really care.

misty said...

No matter how rich you are, if you are empty inside, you are nothing but a lifeless individual. Mas masarap pag may friends.

ryliej said...

That is why minsan, may mga anak ng mayayaman but they are not really happy of what they have (materially) because what they need is someone that cares about them.

foongpc said...

Moral of the story - know your priorities and don't sweat the small stuffs!

Thanks for sharing!! : )

the donG said...

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.>>> so true. because sometimes we just focus on the big things when what really matters are the small things.

Mari said...

let's have coffee at the corner. doesn't matter if it's not starbuck's. all we need is a place to sip and talk.


Redge said...

Hi Tita Beng, a friend had emailed this story to me before but it's still in my inbox up to this time 'coz I love to keep inspiring and motivational messages. This will surely enlighten your readers. Juz keep it up. Have a great weekend!

DebbieDana said...

I got the same thing in my email too ate Beng, and just like you, I was also enlightened.

Musta na? Thank you nga pala for the visit.. I'm so mabigat na, 6th month on the way, hehe! I'm due 3rd week of November.

Enjoy the weekend!

Debbie :)

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