Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

Dear Entrepreneurs, Speakers and Personal Growth Seekers, 

This months blog is not created by my efforts. Although it may seem like 
an easy way out to place a story of another (unknown author) into this blog without a name. I felt that the message this story carried moved my spirit. It wanted to share it with you. After 14 years of radio broad casting I have never deviated from my show's opening message. " If I can help one person from this message today to steer you in a direction that will change your life, then I have done my job". This is my purpose! 

 Please enjoy the the following. 

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

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 cups of

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 - your 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.

"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
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 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."

Have a great month. 
John P. Slosek, Jr. 
413-246-5037 (text only)


  1. I love this story which I think originated with Seth Godin? Not sure. It is a wonderful visual depiction of our life choices and makes a great point. Thanks for sharing!