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Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. ~Anatole France
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. ~Anatole France

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I had a teacher in school do this once, such a good reminder!
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 Beers.

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 a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers 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.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

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 Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

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Okay, so if you don't really like me then feel free not to enter otherwise I'd LOVE to send you a postcard from Europe!
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Have you been to Croatia yet? If so where and if not where would you like to go?
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Such a cute story, Michael & Stephanie are such wonderful people and I'm so happy for them!
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I've officially become an expat this week! Holy Shit!
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I just bought my +Rail Europe Global pass. I leave in 9 days and would love you to join the travel conversation on facebook! Have you traveled by train before, what was your experience, where should I go?
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Have you been to Vancouver before? What would you add to this City Spotlight?
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Anyone looking for accommodation for TBU Porto come join our group!
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