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Month: October 2005

4 Months

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Can somebody please tell me where in the heck the last 4 months went? Oh, and also, how in the world did my sweet little baby survive those 4 months with such a basketcase of a mother?


The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

I just received this e-mail from my cousin. I really liked it and wanted to post it here to share with others and have as a reminder to myself.

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 coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly 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.

**update** I was informed that this is actually from Steven Covey’s book the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
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 an 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, your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and 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 you.

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse 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.”


Thoughts For A Rainy Day

  • The boy finally slept good lastnight, which means I slept good lastnight as well. I was very, very happy about that. I only remember feeding him once during the night, although it could have been twice. I may have done it in my sleep.
  • My dad and his wife return from their trip to Italy today. I spoke to them a couple times while they were there and it sounded like they were having a wonderful time. I’m anxious to see their pictures from the trip (and to get my camera back).
  • Sugar free hot chocolate isn’t so bad. It would be much better with a bunch of marshmallows on top, but I suppose that would defeat the purpose of the whole sugar free thing.
  • My goal for the rest of the day (after I finish writing this) is to stay off of the internet and get some work done. I really want to get started on the new brochure and web site, but I really need to finish up a couple of other things first.
  • I get to see Ray tonight which I’m very excited about. I haven’t seen him since before I had the baby and I feel like a lousy guardian. (For those that don’t know who Ray is, he lived in a group home for developmnetally disabled adults that I used to work at. After I left there I became his legal guardian. He doesn’t have much family around so I try to visit him as often as possible.)
  • And finally, it’s rainy and cold outside today. I have to admit though, I’m kind of enjoying it. I got to put on a nice comfy sweater this morning. If only I could be at home snuggled up on the couch with my hot chocolate and Zachary it would be a perfect day.
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