when things seem almost too much to handle

    • Anonymous
      November 25, 2006 at 5:48 pm

      While poking around in my daughter’s “Altered_Art_Divas” yahoo group, I found this great story she posted. I would like to share it here:

      [I]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 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.

      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 infamous “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 family, your children, your
      faith, 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. 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 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 for 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

      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.” [/I]

    • Anonymous
      November 26, 2006 at 4:08 pm

      Dear Norb:

      Thanks for sharing that with us. It’s a great story.


    • Anonymous
      November 26, 2006 at 5:17 pm

      What a great reminder to “live life to the fullest”! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Anonymous
      November 26, 2006 at 6:23 pm

      Thanks, guys, funny thing, it inadvertantly got me in touch with the wife of Dr. Saperstein, who presented at the Phoenix symposium and who first defined the criteria for diagnosing CIDP. She offered to “pull strings” if I wanted to see her husband for a consult. They live in Phoenix.

      She and my daughter are friends sharing the same interest in “Altered Arts”. It was on their Yahoo group where I came across what I the posted below.