Monday, August 25, 2008

A Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee

I found this today on a blog I visit and thought it was important to share....

A Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee.

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 2 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 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 - 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 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 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. So... 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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I Can't Believe it's August!!!

Sorry I've been MIA... we have been flat out the last few weeks! Football Season starts August 1st here in "Viking Village" and I am just now coming up for a breath of air! For those who don't know, Dave and I run the Youth Football league in our town and have over 250 kids in the program! It is non stop the first few weeks with equipment fittings, and getting the league up and running for the season! Not to mention I am President of the High School Booster Club and practice at the High School started yesterday.

David is away at camp, he left a week ago and comes home this Saturday! 2 whole weeks respite has been wonderful! David has been increasingly difficult lately and this was a much needed break for all of us.
Dave and I have been looking at options for schools for David for next year as David will be going to High School and we are of the feeling that our local High School will not be an appropriate fit for him. It is a difficult decision to make, but one that will hopefully help David to have a better school experience.
He has been loving camp, I have talked to him a few times and he doesn't sound like he misses me much... however I did get this e-mail from him yesterday... it made me smile.

HI mom
I miss you mom.
I hope you have fun at home.
I Love mom.
we went bowling today, I had fun!
reggie the dog was special guest.
I like horsebackriding.
I like basketball I had fun!

We go to pick him up on Saturday Morning... and this may sound terrible, but it's been such a nice break from his behaviors that part of me wishes that camp was another week long so he could come home and go right to school!

That's about it for here right now... I will try to get some pictures up in a few days.

Have a god week!