The Mayonnaise Jar

The Mayonnaise Jar

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 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy classand had some items in front of him.
When the class began, wordlessly,he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jarand start 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 pouredit into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students againif 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 respondedWith an unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the tableand 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 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 areimportant 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.
There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap.
‘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 handand 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.’


  • Anthony Vella
    Anthony Vellaover 3 years ago

    Very true my friend. All of us should get our priorities organized. Thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you My Friend

    – Warren. A. Williams

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 3 years ago

    Great encouragement Warren.

  • Thank you My Friend

    – Warren. A. Williams

  • GailD
    GailDover 3 years ago

    So true.

  • Thank you My Friend

    – Warren. A. Williams

  • George Petrovsky
    George Petrovskyover 3 years ago

    G’day Warren! Good food for thought! :)george

  • Keep thinking Mate.

    – Warren. A. Williams