Archive for November, 2007

The Mayonnaise Jar

I usually don’t forward along these stories, but figured this one was post-worthy. :)

The Mayonnaise Jar

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 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 proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So 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 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-your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions-things that 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 partner 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.”

Thanks to Andrea for the find.

Flyback Weekend in Vegas @ Red Rock

Two weeks ago I went with Ryan and the rest of the Avanade gang to Las Vegas for their regional flyback weekend. It was a pretty awesome trip and it was the first time I stayed off the Strip. I was skeptical at first, but soon found Red Rock to be one of my new favorite Vegas hotels.

To keep it brief, on Thursday and Friday while the guys were in their meetings, myself and the other significant others hit the pools, spa(!), lounges, and oyster bar inside the hotel. Afterward, we’d join them at their evening events, which included a poolside talent show party, bowling, plenty of good food and a lot of open bar. Overall, we had the chance to just enjoy all the hotel had to offer, which ended up being a blast, as well as being relaxing.

On Saturday, the 9 of us had plans to stay at New York, New York. Ryan and I hung out mainly around there, which worked out well. I think in the past I’ve spent entirely too much energy walking aimlessly up and down the Strip rather than really doing anything. Our half of the group did a little shopping, hit the casino, had dinner, saw shows, and ate dinner again FTW.

Sunday was short but still good. We visited the tables at New York, New York with the last of our chips and I later met up with my cousins for brunch with Rufino before heading out to the airport. Overall, great trip, one of my favorites to Vegas, which says much given how much I find myself there. :)

Olympic Sculpture Park

Last weekend, Ryan and I finally checked out the Olympic Sculpture Park after having lunch at the Old Spaghetti factory. It was an unusually sunny day, which made for a nice walk outside. I’m already looking forward to coming back with a book in hand. Saw so many great places to read that overlooked the water. In any case, here are some pics from his camera: