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Archive for February 8th, 2012

The Mayonnaise Jar

08 Feb

Jar of pebbles

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and two 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 fills 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 it 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 – God, family, children, health, friends, and favorite passions. Things, that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else — the small stuff.” he said.

“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…” he told them.

“So… pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Worship with your family. Play with your children. Take your partner out to dinner. Spend time with good friends. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap. 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 and said, “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.”

A friend on Facebook shared this with me earlier this evening. The story and the analogy were such that I just had to share it here on my own blog. Thank you, Taft, for sending this to me. As I said earlier tonight, you are special. Never lose hope and always remember that change is both, inevitable and often times for the better. You are in my thoughts and my prayers.

Namaste and peace be with you,
Michael

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Sex Ed of the Past (1942)

08 Feb

OMG! The places I end up when I go travelling around Youtube… {shakes-head-in-disbelief} LOL

While sex education and protecting oneself against sexually transmitted diseases is very important (VERY important!), I wasn’t quite expecting to stumble across this 1942 US Navy training film about sex hygiene when I went online earlier today.

(I might add, God have mercy on my soul but I DON’T want to be sitting on one of those cold-ass seats built into the sink described as a “prophylactic station” back in those days either! Might just as well shove an ice cube up my ass and call it a day if my poor tushy has to be exposed to such a harsh change in temperature. ROFL)

All kidding aside, I totally agree with one of the comments made in response to the video.

“OMG!!! So ####ing awesome!!! Why can’t we go back to the days when they just gave people simple straight forward information that promoted general well being! Sure it should be updated for 2012 and include homosexual contact as well… but see the military knew from the get go!! Put on a ####ing rain coat!! No glove… no love!!”

~Adorendo

And the comment “made-in-China condoms are 20 percent too small”… Funny! (and true, sorry to say). At least this video was easier to stomach than the one about the death of Herman, the pimple Don’t click on that last link! Don’t. Don’t. (I knew you would! LOL)

Have a great day!
Michael

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