A Balancing Act with a “Mayonnaise Jar & 2 Beers”


This post is by no means original, but it’s worth repeating as we all swirl around in our busy lives, prioritizing, juggling and re-prioritizing.  What’s also lovely about this post, is that my friend K, one of the G8 (my Ya-Yas) sent it to me so that I might specifically share it on my blog, and to her I am most grateful.

Sharing things that everyone might find inspiring goes to the very heart of what I want ‘mynewfavoriteday’ to be. A place for inspiration and community. So thank you K for reminding us all, to focus on the golf balls in our lives…thank you for being one of my golfballs.
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.

Mayonnaise Jar & Two 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 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 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.

Please share this with someone you care about.

I JUST DID!

I hope that today is ‘yournewfavoriteday.’ Thanks for being a golf ball y’all!

(Image shared from riprock81.blogspot.com)

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About Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday'

Welcome to 'mynewfavoriteday. This space is about gratitude and connecting through being open, vulnerable and real. I hope you will enjoy my take on motivation, inspiration and advocacy and will take the opportunity to tell me of your own thoughts and stories. Why I started 'mynewfavoriteday.' I am a childhood surviving, divorced, now happily married, IVF (and now natural pregnancy) success story, working mother of 2 amazing babies who were born 12 weeks premature. As life often seems to surprise you when you least expect it, we added another sweet baby girl M to our family in July of 2013. While our angel minis, Q and E are now 7 years old, our son, Q, has thrived while our daughter, E, has had a much more difficult journey. She is considered special needs and in September of 2012 was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. And so, as she has grown, so do we as individuals and as family. How to help her, how to celebrate our differences while allowing ourselves to cope with the challenges that we never knew to expect. Thus, while much of this blog is based on our experiences (good and not-so-good), it is also based on how we must not let ourselves become victims of our circumstances but rather advocate in our own lives. A little bit about me and who I am. In my professional life I am a marketer in the Entertainment Industry; however, ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ was not born of entertainment or marketing but rather as a pathway to help myself and others as we try to define who we are as parents, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues and people. I believe in never judging a book by its cover. Every cover is different, and no matter what your cover looks like, you never know how someone's book is written. Like mine. From the outside, you might never know what truly makes me who I am or what I believe. This blog explores the pages on the inside of my book. My vulnerabilities, fears, happiness, and all my triggers through the lens of being grateful for all the amazing blessings I know I have received but sometimes forget in the challenges of daily life. Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you will come back, subscribe, comment, share, and/or just hang out and be inspired or motivated to make each day for yourself or someone else 'anewfavoriteday.' By being here, you have certainly helped to make it mine. xo, Shannon

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10 Comments on “A Balancing Act with a “Mayonnaise Jar & 2 Beers””

  1. Lisha Says:

    I was contemplating doing a vlog on this same piece. I’m glad the pressure’s off now!

    Reply

  2. I Choose Happy Now Says:

    This is so true! You really listed the most important things in our life. The rest is just stuff…
    cheers,
    Louise

    Reply

  3. Hot Rod Cowgirl Says:

    I learned this in 2006 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer…do not sweat the small stuff…life is short…keep your focus on positive…my attitude…ok how is my attitdue going to handle it? Yah yah…I agree and love it. Thank you for the reminder:)

    Reply

  4. shoes Says:

    I love this! Thank you for this post.

    Reply

  5. eof737 Says:

    Thanks for the reminder. I’ve always loved that one… 😉

    Reply

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