Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Wordful Wednesday

I was reminded of Ioyces today...can you guess what are these?
and Anne reminded me of this today...

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.

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

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 recognise that this jar represents
your life. The golf balls are the important
things---your family, your children, your health,
your friends and your favourite 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. Spend time with your children.
Spend time with your parents.. Visit with
grandparents. Take time to get medical check-ups.
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
and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'

The coffee just shows you that no matter how full
your life may seem, there's always room for a
couple of cups of coffee with a friend.'

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

Anne spend alot of time with me in December, and even brought these lovely treats to share with me. Thank you for your kindness, for introducing me to your friends and for being a great friend!


Anonymous said...

That was nice of your friends. Are those hello kitty stuffed toys?

daphne said...

that's a very thoughtful post. I agree, there is a time for everything =)

Anonymous said...

Are they house slippers? :P

Good friends are hard to come by and I treasure them with all my heart when God gives them to me! :)

Little Corner of Mine said...


I like those pineapple cake too, this individual wrapping made the filling soft.

SIG said...

My Melody bedroom slippers. How cute! What an insightful post. Thanks for sharing.

isabella said...

i remember those little foot that glides into those 2 pairs of pinkies.

Anonymous said...

Missing your recipe. Hope you are feeling better?

wonda said...

Ah, finally, I can access this post. A good friend would stick with you through thick and thin till the end - an everlasting friendship.

Cynthia said...

That was beautiful. I have bookmarked it to come back and read everytime I feel a little stressed or that there are not enough hours in the day. Thank you!

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi SS,
Close, but they were slippers. :)

Hi Daphne,

Hi Judy,
Yes! Me too!

Hey C,
Did they remind you of some other pineapple cakes? ;)

Hi Singairishgirl,
Yes! Glad you enjoyed it!

Hi Isabella,
Yes, I remembered you were there too!

Hi Anon,
Thanks, will be working on cooking again soon!

Hi Alice,
Sorry you have a hard time accessing my blog, and thank you for your persistence! Yes, I am grateful for friends in my life.

Hi Cynthia,
So glad you liked it as much as I did! You're welcome back anytime!:)

Beachlover said...

what a nice friend you have!!.Good friend are hard to find and we must treasure them forever.thanks for sharing:))

Nora B. said...

Good friend are definite not something I take for granted, esp since I live so far away from my family.

I've heard a version of this story many times before, but it's still nice to read it again, thanks for sharing.

p/s: hope that your head cold is gone now.

Beau Lotus 涟 said...

Sharing a virtual cup of coffee (though wouldn't mind real pineapple tarts) with you LOL.

Little Corner of Mine said...

I have tagged you! :)

Cris said...

Hi, sorry I haven't been around much... so much work... this is a beautiful message, we have to think about it often...

Unknown said...

they are slippers! hehehe are u a sanrio fan? there are soooo many hello kitty/sanrio thingies here in hong kong...we are almost completely taken over by hello kitty and became a sanrio-land hehe

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Beachlover,
You're most welcome!

Hi Nora,
I totally agree, and you're welcome. No, still nursing this cold and the kids one too. :(

Hi Beau Lotus,
Awww...thanks! I love sharing a cup of coffee, be it virtual or not...

Hey C,
Ok, will come over soon!

Hi Cris,
Glad you stopped by, I missed you!

Hi Rita,
I know, and I am so thinking of a trip to sanrio land aka Hong Kong!

Lia said...

drolling seen your chocolate biscuit ^_^

Anonymous said...

What a lovely post. I'm always free for a cup of coffee with friends - my house or outside or theirs. ;) Btw: what are those cute little things. :)