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On Happiness AND Life…2 ideas that I love…

Reaching your goal takes steps. Every day you need to climb the stairs in order to get to the top. Sometimes you may fall down a couple but when that happens you need to get up and try again. The secret? Your attitude.

 

I’ve always loved this quote. I didn’t know John Lennon said it though. Smart man! A much deeper philosopher than his teacher. ¬†One addition I’d like to make though is that life isn’t just about happiness but long-term happiness. Sometimes it is the pain of life that makes us happy in the long run (example: exercising, studying for a big test, relationships etc.)

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The Mayo Jar: A Lesson About What’s Really Important in Life

Got this in an e-mail yesterday. I’ve seen it before but always forget to keep it. This time, I’m going to do better. Keep it and pass it on to you. Love this story and have no idea who wrote it but it sure has a didactic message for everyone.

The Jar of Mayo 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.

English: Golf balls.

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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.

English: Pebbles

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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.”

Sand bucket on the beach of Punta del Este, Ur...

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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.

Coffee cup

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“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, your children, your health, your friends, and your 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, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else-the small stuff.

English: View of the house of George Sand, Nohant

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“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. Play another 18 holes. 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.”

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