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Monday, February 27, 2012

The Mayonnaise Jar...& a Recipe



The Mayonnaise Jar 

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. 
He picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and start 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 it 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 '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, family, health, friends, and favorite passions- things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and 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.

 So... 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.
There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap.
 'Take care of the golf balls first --
 The things that really matter. 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.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle,
when 24 hours in a day is not enough; remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.


Homemade Mayo


Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 3/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Combine the egg, garlic, lemon juice and mustard in the container of a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, then blend on low speed while pouring oil into the blender in a fine stream as the mixture emulsifies and thickens.


Confectionately Yours,

Sue

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