Tuesday, January 29, 2008

MuniMuni...The Mayonnaise Jar & Two Cups of Coffee

Munimuni...(A Personal Reflection)

"January 28, 2008 at 4:24pm feeling bored and restless, I opened up my email account. As always, I got a lot. Without a second glance, I opened each new mail after another, including several unsolicited spam mails just to pass time, then I came across this interesting mail from Papa Ding and Mama Ched, a wonderful couple who surely had surpassed every test of time in their relationship through the years-- I do not personally know them but through friendster they came into my life to give inspiration from time to time and at the most needed moments in my life. Just like today, they sent me another awe-inspiring message.

Definitely true, that most of the times we almost forgot to think deeply and realize that in this world where vanity and materialism overrule and dominate our existence there are things that we take forgranted. And the sad fact also is that those things that are least priority in our daily life's activities' list are supposed to be the most important ones.
The material below is the exact story I got from my email today. "

The Mayonnaise Jar ,and 2 Cups of Coffee

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 cups of coffee. 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 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---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 time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. 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 and said, "I'm glad you asked." The coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

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