DICK SAYS. . .
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, is the jar was full? They agreed it was.
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 if the jar was full now? They agreed it was.
professor again 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.
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.
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: family,
friends, health, favorite possessions, 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, house, car, other possessions. The sand
is everything else: the small stuff.
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.
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.
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.
of the students 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.”
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day
is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two cups of coffee.
want to take this opportunity to thank Pastor Mary and all of you for the
awesome privilege of
serving you these past three months. You have given me far more than I'm sure I've given
you. It's even been better than a good cup of coffee.