Stories with Morals: The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee

The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee Poster The Mayonnaise Jar and the 2 coffee cups:

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.

Once he could no longer fit even one other golf ball into the jar, he asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of small 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. The sand fit within the gaps between the small pebbles. He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”
The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee,

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.


* Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
* Spend time with your family
* Make time for date nights with your partner
* Play With your children.
* Look after your health
* Make time for the things you are passionate about
* There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal unit.
* Take care of the golf balls first — the things that really matter.
Set your priorities.
The rest is just sand.”

Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee Relax! Cute Kawaii Girl Relaxing with Tea Poster
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

“I’m glad you asked,” The professor smiled. “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 seems almost too much to handle, when 24 Hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.

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Note: This is not my original story – I think I got it in a forward via email – so if you are the original creator of it, I hope you don’t me sharing it. I really enjoyed it and wanted to pass the joy forward :)

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