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Thread: Encouraging little message I got today...

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    Encouraging little message I got today...

    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 2 Beers.

    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 a unanimous 'yes.'

    The professor then produced two Beers 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.

    Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

    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 Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.


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    COUld substitute the beer for tea or coffee

    From the artist formerly known as Missus Fear...Hi, my name is Tracy and I am a hobbyaholic.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/blogs/m...ear-79671.html

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    How true that is!
    ♥♥♥ Loving Mama ♥♥♥

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    What a great way to get an important message across.
    Kitsy

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    Thanks for the reminder.

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    Awesome and so true!
    Happy Quilting.

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    This is so great - thanks for sharing and I will be sharing with others as well. Have a blessed Sunday all!
    Love 4 stchen

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    Wonderful life lesson. Well thought out, well put together.

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    What a wonderful story and GREAT philosophy. People who think they don't have time for their friends should read this. There is always time for friends...and quilts as well.

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    Too true...
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    loved having the opportunity to read that wonderful life lesson. Thaanks Fear. I loved it.

    Vickey Stamps

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    I have read that before, But it's so true.

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    What a nice reminder about life! Now I have to clean my windows so I can play golf tomorrow. My husband has always told our sons, work first, play second.

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    Wonderful!

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    I like this so much I sent on to family members and friends. Thank you for sharing it. Take care.

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    My mom taught me this lesson well - she hated housework - she always felt that a walk to the park (she didn't drive) or going for an ice cream cone, etc. was a much better use of time. She never worried if our home was picture perfect, it was lived in and we had a great time growing up. I turned out a lot like her - when our kids were little, if we got up and decided it was a great day to go to the beach - we went - beds went unmade, breakfast dishes sat in the sink - the vacuum cleaner didn't get run that day - this drove my husband NUTS! He is the kind of guy that felt we should leave the house clean - I won more often than not.

    My house is usually messy, if you want to see me, come on over - if you want to see my house, make an appointment ... I would rather spend the day quilting, doing something with my adult children, etc. than mopping the floor. I would rather be remembered as the mom who was willing to drop whatever and go do something fun and memorable. I don't want my kids to remember that I didn't have time to take a walk - that a clean house was more important.

    LIFE IS TOO SHORT!

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