Sunday, April 5, 2009

Mayonnaise Jar & Two Cups of Coffee

So, one of my Sisters shared this little story with me & I've never heard it before. I thought it was just a lovely metaphor.

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 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 family, your children, yourhealth, 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 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 and said, "I'm glad you asked. The Coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a Cup of Coffee with a friend."

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I'm having my first Sister Thang!

A sister from out in AZ is now in CT. She's invited me & another sister to lunch. I'm just over the moon & I'll post pics (if they let me take 'em!) as soon as possible.

In more great news, I've again begun work on Goldie! I've been waiting on my dear ol' Dad to shore up & level the rear end. Instead of using that exucse & sitting around waiting (like I have been for the last month & a half) I'm again fixing things.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

I wish...

...that I was able to say that my Vintage Shasta camper is really coming along. But, the truth of the matter is, it's come to a grinding halt. I'm kinda sorta waiting on a certain someone to help out, but in reality, there are other things that I could be doing to Goldie that could be making a huge difference.

This is simply an acknowledgement of my slacker-ness and a reassurance that this blog (and Goldie) is in fact, NOT abandon.

I have some exciting news that I'll be announcing late in November. I can't wait!

1,021 is the current sister count & boy would I love to meet just one.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

I'm a Sister!

I've always wanted to belong. I must admit that I've never really felt like I've belonged anywhere.

Now, I'm a Sister. A Sister on the Fly. I have almost 1,000 Sisters. When I received my welcome letter, I actually became misty-eyed. I'm so thankful for Maurrie & Becky. I can't wait to meet them. I live clear across the country in CT, but I just know our paths will cross.

This blog will be used for Sister Events that I attend... I also have My Shasta Blog, where to can read my stories of home life, the Shasta Saga, Family stuff, Crafting & other Jibbah Jabbah.

I have yet to make it to a Sister "Git Together", as my poor little trailer is in pieces. I have a 1968 Shasta Loflyte. I purchased it for $100, only about 8 miles from my house. It was is in terrible condition. I'm restoring it, slowly but surely. I'll mostly leave it stock, but pick some nice vintage or vintage-look fabrics. I love to sew, so I'll be doing all that work myself, too.

I have had a hard time with the framing & stuff. Thankfully I have a DAD. He's helping me :)

Happy Independence Day, my fellow Americans.