May 31st, 2007

Adventure before dementia

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

I have just had a cup of coffee with my best friend - and now I want to share this with you - my friends around the world.  I'm off to put the kettle on - care to join me?

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.

The professor 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 asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor 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, 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 with one another. 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."
No time

If You Have 5 Minutes Could You Please Help?

I have been doing one of those "design yourselves" web pages linked with my job.  I started it last year and have just done a bit more to it this evening as I am taking part in a health fair next month so it will be a good oportunity to get my business cards changed and some fliers etc produced.

But what I really need is

a)   Are there any more "questions that need answering"

b)   A bit (but not toooooooooooo much, please) of constructive criticism ... but please remember I am working within a Web package, so can't do 100% what I want.

Thanks for your help.

Oh, yes - The Web address I suppose would be helpful! 

www.budeosteopath.co.uk
Adventure before dementia

At Long Last - Others Are Having To Work!

Yes - DJ trudged in from his field again - very sorry for himself.  However all that changed when he was half way through being groomed - Toni led in Junior.  And it was amazing how much more settled he was.

A 31 day month and this was only the 2nd time that another horse had left the relaxation of the fields to go out onto the roads!  He was so much happier about things ... well except they were ready first and so as Toni led Junior out DJ tried joining them - through the stable door .... and me!!!

Once out and about it was a fairly quiet trip as Junior is not fit.  We met Ros and Cherry , but were going in opposite directions so  just stopped for a short chat.

And so back home - for a feed and back out to his field again - At least this time he could go and tell Conrad how he had protected Junior ... ever if sometimes it was more the other way round!
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