Inside The Mind Of A Vegan Alchemist. Carnivore Approved.

You’re Not That Busy…

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 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.

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 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 – 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.
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 couple of cups of coffee with a friend.’


4 responses

  1. I had a teacher tell us this story when I was in grade 4 and it has really stuck with me. He told the story with big rocks, small rocks, sand and water.

    When my best friend moved to England when I was 12, I told her this story and assured her she was one of my big rocks. We were at each others weddings, and still keep in touch.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    February 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    • Thanks for reading! So glad I Could make your day.

      March 2, 2012 at 7:45 pm

  2. Karen

    great story, but annoying that he leaves out a large part of the population by stating that children and a partner are two of the three things to be attended to, along with medical examinations…. lots of people are single and childless, and have meaningful lives!!

    March 4, 2012 at 6:34 am

    • I see what you’re saying, but The point he was trying to make was that we should tend to those you care about. Regardless if it’s a partner, kids, immediate family or a cat.

      March 4, 2012 at 8:36 am

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