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  • Champagne

    Hi Guys


    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 champagne.

    A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front
    of him. When the class began, without a word 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.

    So 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 a bottle of champagne 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,
    your favourite passions, God -- 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,
    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. Play with
    your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner 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 champagne
    represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked," he said. "It just
    goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a bottle of champagne."

    "There's one way to find out if a man is honest-ask him. If he says 'yes,' you know he is a crook." Groucho Marx