the rest is just sand

I have read and heard this story many times – and it still strikes a chord in me..


I posted this in Sept. 2013 … but I think it’s about time to re-post. Personal I just love this story.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle when 24 hours are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee:

Mayonnaise jar - funny-pictures.feedio net

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. Again he asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

golf bolls - allday2 com

The professor next picked…

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9 thoughts on “the rest is just sand”

  1. Visuals always seem to hit home best. Would love to have that cup of coffee with a friend, real soon. Much love on this first Monday of September.

  2. I didn’t remember this story–until I was re-reading it, and today I took away something different…I’m pretty sure it’s different. The idea that it’s important the order in which the jar is filled…that the sand placed in first would take the space of the golf balls….I think I need to consider what is golf ball and what is sand (trap) and do some restructuring….

    What a beautiful blog Thea put together, too. My sense of aesthetic was as gratified as my contemplative/metaphysical senses, and now she is also my guilty pleasure! Thanks for the awesome and thought-provoking share, Mimi. Hope your week is all that…and bags of Extreme Doritoes, too. 🙂

    1. I’m with you..and would argue that sometimes the sand gets in the way of the golf balls, for arguably we are filling and emptying and re-filling that jar all the time. Happy first week of September..with all the trimmings that make for a delicious week..

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