Remembering “The Mayonnaise Jar Story” on this joyful holiday season

When things in your life just seem, almost too much to handle,
When 24 Hours in a day are 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, 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.

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 represent the important things – family, children, Health, Friends, and Favorite passions Think 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 would be 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 really important to you.


Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Play With your children.
Make time to get wellness checkups.
Take your partner out to dinner.
Visit your parents.

There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

‘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 about the coffee?

The professor smiled…… ‘I’m glad you asked’ and said.

It just goes to show that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of real good coffee with a friend or loved one.’

We at Advance Health and Wellness wish you all a wonderful and joyful holidays.

To your health,
Dr. Bert

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