Golf Balls Friendship

  • View author's info Author posted on Jul 29, 2006 03:44


    I came across this and I liked it....

    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.

    So 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 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 God, 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 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 partner out to dinner. Play another 18 holes. 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."
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  • View author's info posted on Aug 08, 2006 13:00


    Thank you PG, all good here thanks. So pleased things are going well for you.

    And Mr Gumby...... thank you kind sir, you've been wearing those beer goggles again haven't you!!
    Even tho you're too shy to post your pic, I have heard a rumour that you're devastatingly handsome with a body to die for...

    ;o) x
  • View author's info posted on Aug 07, 2006 05:45


    I agree with PG....Jack you do look fabulous in all your pics
  • View author's info posted on Aug 04, 2006 03:55


    ThePhatGirl write:
    That is a very wonderful story and a great perspective. I knew checking out your post was a good idea, jack. ;)


    Thanks for that PG, glad u liked it. I'm loving your new pics. Tell us....do blondes have more fun?? lol
    Reading your profile it seems you & your man are still very 'loved up'...great news, I'm really happy for you. Take care x
  • View author's info posted on Aug 02, 2006 08:04


    Hmmmmm.........make it lemon meringue pie and we have a deal
  • View author's info posted on Aug 02, 2006 00:34


    Okay....my final offer....How about some CARROT cake or a chocolate eclair
  • View author's info posted on Aug 01, 2006 07:16


    Then bring me a crocodile sandwich, and make it SNAPPY!! But please, no more chicken....
  • View author's info posted on Aug 01, 2006 00:34


    Oh I am sure you could if you tried....however I have heard that crocodile is worth a try........
  • View author's info posted on Jul 31, 2006 02:08


    Oh yes.....absolutely, can't think of anything nicer
  • View author's info posted on Jul 31, 2006 00:38


    And of course a meal or a beer or preferably both...wot do you say!!!!!
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