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Monday, October 22, 2012

Motivational Monday-Golf Balls.

If I am being honest here, I am just going to say that I am not a happy camper today. I didn't sleep well last night. AT ALL. I have no idea why. I woke up late, my hair is a mess and I forgot my lunch. Happy Monday, right? Booo. That's what I say. Can I get a do over, please?!

Source: via Jen on Pinterest

But it is Motivational Monday. Andddd I sure could use some motivation. I found this story on Pinterest and oh, did it make me happy. So much truth here. Take care of your golf balls y'all!! (It will make sense when you read the story.)

"A professor stood before his 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 - 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. 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.'"

Happy Monday, Y'all!


Jo Lane said...

Cute story! :) Hope your monday gets better!!!

Kelly said...

Aww, that is so cute! Good story, thanks for sharing :) said...

did you just quote sweet brown!?
just started loving your blog so much more :)
i hope your week gets better, and great story :)

Jen said...

Thank, Jo! Tuesday is much better so far!

Jen said...

Haha! YES! That is Sweet Brown. I wanted the one with her picture on it, but I couldn't find it! She's hilarious!!

Tuesday is much better than Monday so far...I had cake for breakfast =)