The Mayonnaise Jar

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.”

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Tips and Tricks

I came across a few sites which gave Tips and Tricks to some household things. Here are a few which are pretty cool! If I knew the source, I tried to include it.

To name a few……..


Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the top and voila – you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream. (via)

Clever idea: use upside-down muffic pan to make cookie bowls


Gutter garden: Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering. (via)

Clever idea: gutter veggie garden


Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag. Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff. (via)

Clever idea: microwave your own popcorn in a plain paper bag


Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones – so much more fun and easier for kids to eat. Definitely doing this! (via)

Clever idea: cook cupcakes in ice cream cones


For those who can’t stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet. (via)

Clever idea: how to fold a fitted sheet


Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match. (via)

Clever ideas: store bedlinen sets inside their pillowcases


Hull strawberries easily using a straw.  (via)

Clever ideas: hull strawberries with a straw


Use nail polish to tell the difference between similar keys on your keychain. (via)

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To Be Continued….

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A New Start

I decided to delete all posts and everything else on this blog
to start fresh with a new layout, new topics, new everything!

So here we go!

Welcome to Monica’s Messages!!

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