The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee
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 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. 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.
Relationships are not black and white. There are no rules when it comes to the relationship between you and your significant other!
The only thing you must have for one another is unconditional love. When you share an unconditional love for someone, you can communicate effectively, share an understanding of each others wants and needs, and be able to check your ego at the door.
Relationships can be hard at times, but they can help you grow into the person that you are destined to be. So where your heart on your sleeve and make it worth it, because life is too short not to!
From my experiences in this department, I have realized that there are no right or wrong answers. You may feel something one minute and feel entirely different the next minute.
Lose all expectations, and live for each and every moment, because those are the moments that count and will be remembered!
Stop thinking so much! Get out of your head and back to your heart. And remember that it will always be okay in the end:)
You must first love yourself the way you would want someone else to love you, so that when you meet someone special, you can blossom into an everlasting and loving relationship.