Anyone for Coffee?

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Good morning friends.. I  recieved this mail this morning, so I thought I would share..
So next time you open a jar of Mayonnaise or drink a cup of Coffee.. Please remember the following!..
 
 
 
 

Subject: Hmmm…… Coffee…..

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 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 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 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. 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. 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. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, "I’m glad you asked."

The coffee just shows 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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46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. H
    Apr 21, 2008 @ 18:17:40

    Awwwww yeah I have had this several times in emails and it is so true and huge food for thought … Take care, love H xo

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  2. Sue
    Apr 21, 2008 @ 19:04:17

    Like H ive had this in e-mail,and i think it great every time i get i send it onTake careSue

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  3. Zeynep
    Apr 21, 2008 @ 19:14:09

    Good morning! Interesting mail and it is so true. Hope you are having a good day. Enjoy, Zeynep xx

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  4. Lynn
    Apr 21, 2008 @ 22:18:58

    Awww bless Dreamwalker,
    A really beautiful read to make my day…Thank you
    for the lovely words and kindness…As for the coffee
    I take mine quite weak, hope that doesn\’t mean my
    friendship is like that as I love you to bits….Lynn xxxx
     

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  5. Sheila
    Apr 21, 2008 @ 22:55:35

    Have a coffee my friend I like mine strong love this and the words are sooo true. lol xxx

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  6. ann
    Apr 21, 2008 @ 23:15:42

    That is so true dreamwalker , I like my coffee stronge black and just a very small bit o f sweetner. Love Ann xxx

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  7. Stephen Craig
    Apr 22, 2008 @ 03:32:39

    Thank you for visiting the Painting Studio and for your comment.  I just toasted you with my half filled cup of coffee.
    As ever be well.
    Stephen Craig Rowe

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  8. Valerie
    Apr 22, 2008 @ 10:23:50

    Hello My Friend,
    I have not seen this before, how true the words are, so many gifted people in this world & very wise.
    I enjoyed reading this…thank you.
    Hugs x0x0x

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  9. Hayat
    Apr 23, 2008 @ 00:44:56

    Oh how sweet is that!!!
    The phylosophy is completely true…I agree with the professor …
    Yes, Priorities come first. One should set his/her priorities in life to reach content and peace within.
    Thank you very much Dream…I`m really glad you`re active again in blogs!!!lol
     
    Take care,
    Pina.

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  10. Kes
    Apr 23, 2008 @ 16:08:56

    Hi Dreamwalker, Fantastic really enjoyed this blog even had tears at the end, what you doing to me hehehe………Kes

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  11. Unknown
    Apr 26, 2008 @ 14:58:23

    Just stopped by for a visit… Loved this. There really is nothing more refreshing to the soul than a natter with friends over a cup of coffee (or tea!) … xx Jesa

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  12. LiL'Kt
    Jan 25, 2009 @ 04:18:35

    Fantastic post!! xx

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  13. Sue Dreamwalker
    Apr 25, 2014 @ 16:48:16

    Reblogged this on Dreamwalker's Sanctuary and commented:

    Hi Everyone.. I do not have time to post this weekend.. I am busy painting another piece of Art.. So I hope instead you will enjoy a cup of coffee with me.. ( Mine will be a herbal tea 🙂 ) I hope you enjoy my reblog from 2008.. I am sure some have received this before in an email.. But its message reminds us what is important in life..
    Enjoy your Journey in life.. See you next week
    Love Sue x

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  14. David
    Apr 25, 2014 @ 20:29:57

    I enjoy real coffee and the real words of wisdom from you Sue, and one day I hope we will be able to enjoy both together. Love, david

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  15. Eddie Two Hawks
    Apr 25, 2014 @ 21:09:28

    Seems that I’ve heard this before Sue. Refreshing it’s importance never can never be overstated. Thank you for presented it here! wishing long life with love, Eddie

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 28, 2014 @ 14:43:20

      Dear Eddie,, its so good to have you sip a cup with me.. 🙂 and I agree so often we forget the Big things in life in favour of the small stuff… Enjoy your week… Blessings Sue

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  16. Jo Bryant
    Apr 25, 2014 @ 23:15:16

    I have heard this before Sue…but never tire of rehearing the lesson this has to teach us

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  17. kp
    Apr 26, 2014 @ 00:25:05

    Fabulous story!!

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  18. lindalitebeing
    Apr 26, 2014 @ 00:45:12

    never heard this before, but just like a good cup a coffee, it sure hits the spot 🙂

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  19. Gray Dawster
    Apr 26, 2014 @ 00:58:12

    Yes please and can I be cheeky and ask for three chocolate biscuits, you know how I love to dunk those 🙂

    Hey I will wash up afterwards 🙂 drinking a cuppa with a friend is definitely recommended Sue 🙂 Happy weekend my dear friend 🙂

    Andro xxxx

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  20. Hunt FOR Truth
    Apr 26, 2014 @ 01:17:39

    Reblogged this on The Hunt FOR Truth and commented:
    oh,
    good one

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  21. inavukic
    Apr 26, 2014 @ 07:09:05

    Fantastic! Mind you I’d like more than two cups of coffee a day 😀

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 28, 2014 @ 14:30:27

      LOL thank you…. I have never been a coffee drinker, but do like tea… And I agree one needs more than a couple of cups in a day ;-).. I hope you enjoyed your weekend… 🙂 xxx

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      • inavukic
        Apr 28, 2014 @ 14:43:25

        Had a long weekend thanks to the ANZAC DAY on Friday and it was good

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          Apr 28, 2014 @ 14:46:35

          Well for me I didnt get as much painting done as hoped as family came around which is always a bonus.. Sunday I was at work.. but today is a good day… I am pleased you enjoyed.. And I hope to catch up with your postings shortly 🙂 Anzac Day comes around all too quickly each year… May we never forget the many who fell.. x

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          • inavukic
            Apr 28, 2014 @ 14:54:34

            The ANZAC day Dawn service in Sydney this year was biggest of all times, many thousands packed Martic Place in the centre – from babies to veterans in wheelchairs – the future looks bring for the memory to live on 🙂

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  22. jussaraluna
    Apr 26, 2014 @ 09:53:35

    Hello my dear Dreamwalker.
    Thank you vrey much for the delicious coffee to drink along with you my precious friend.
    I wish you a beautiful and relaxing weekend.
    Hugs and love always ~ ~ Have a lovely time 🙂 Jussara

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  23. gingerfightback
    Apr 26, 2014 @ 10:28:47

    Also worth thinking what can be stored in coffee jars!

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  24. Tropical Flowering Zone
    Apr 26, 2014 @ 16:19:40

    These examples are the best because they are so graphic and they help so much to visualise life in concrete terms. Otherwise these concepts become so abstract that they are difficult to grasp. For me, these are the best professors, the ones that can help us see in visual terms

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 28, 2014 @ 14:17:15

      I so agree… We often forget to put family and self first as we are too busy with the little stuff.. Its good to make time for the Big things in life.. Thank you for dropping in for a coffee 😉 xxx Hugs Sue

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  25. Karen Wan
    Apr 26, 2014 @ 18:10:34

    Reblogged this on Our Enchanting Adventure and commented:
    I didn’t really have a good topic today for Sustaining Saturday, and when I saw this blog, I thought it’s better than anything I could write today.

    Remember to enjoy the big things in your life this weekend!

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  26. BloomLisa
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 16:53:33

    I love this SO much! Raising two young kids, working and a managing a busy household it is important to keep your eye on this prize. Blessings to you sunshine.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 28, 2014 @ 13:08:55

      Yes I so agree Lisa.. Its so easy to let Life carry us along and before we know it we look back and think what we missed along the way… I am now enjoying EVERY Moment .. Thank you so much for your most welcome visit 🙂 xxx

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  27. lscotthoughts
    Apr 28, 2014 @ 16:15:52

    I love this wonderful story, Sue, and it’s message; much to think about…and I will join you in coffee, or rather a chai latte! 🙂 xoxo

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