When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is 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 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 he 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--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. 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."
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Debbie A. Anderson
Calling All Angels
It is said that in life we should never travel faster than our guardian angel. And this was definitely one of those days.
We awoke in Prince George, BC to over 3” of snow on the car, with the news on the radio offering the expectation of 2-4 more inches. Not the greatest outlook, when today was the only day for us to travel to Fort St John. The skies looked unforgiving, after all I reminded myself, this was still winter, a time of heavy snowfall, and slick roads.
It wasn’t about choice, there was no alternative, and the longer we waited the worse it would get. Visibility was poor so we proceeded with caution. Even with winter tires on our trusty steed, I put up a prayer to our angels and protectors. After all, we were on this road, literally, because of divine intervention. 500 km of driving ahead of us in these conditions could do with a little expert help and guidance from above.
Moments later the song "Calling All Angels" by Jane Siberry from the hit movie, “Pay it Forward” came on the radio. A sign? Yes, an acknowledgement they were with us – as always.
As I listened to the words tears filled my eyes as I realized that my life has always been so blessed- even when I couldn’t really appreciate it.
I hope you can call on your angels whenever you need them. Always remember, however heavy your steps feel as you walk forward on your journey, it is NEVER too late, and you are NEVER alone.
None of us have yet fully cracked the code to life, but if we try each day to lean into the vibration of trust with unconditional love, it gets easier. As the song says:
But if you could...do you think you would, trade it all, all the pain and suffering?
But then you'd miss....The beauty of the light upon this earth, and the sweetness of the leaving....
For us, thankfully the harshness of the blizzard dissipated about an hour into the journey. From there on in it was clear roads and sunshine all the way. Our thanks vibrated out from within us into the cosmos.
Remember, it is always the darkest before the dawn.
Debbie A. Anderson
Debbie A. Anderson
As we awaken the vibration within, so the healing begins and we learn to love and live.