The professor and the two cups of coffee

by krishnamoorthyb


I got this as an email forward today. I want to blog it so I remember to read it often… If you happen upon this entry and enjoy it too, then that’s nice too!

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When things in your life seem,  Almost too much to handle, When 24 Hours in a day is not enough, remember the story of the empty jar and 2 cups of 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 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 – God, family, children, health, friends, and 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, house, and  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.So…

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.
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 cup of coffee with a friend.’

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