Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mayonnaise, Golf Balls, Pebbles, Sand & Coffee

When I first began blogging two years ago I kept thinking, "I really don't have time for this."  I had so much to do in order to get Retro Revival up and running ~ designing, sewing, website work, etc.  Within a couple of months I realized how much I enjoyed blogging, especially because I began to know you.  Blogville is chock full of so many wonderful yous!

Nowadays, I really look forward to Tuesdays and Thursdays ~ my blogging days.  As 2011 comes to a close, I'm reminded of the mayonnaise story; do you know it?

A professor stood before his philosophy class with some items in front of him.  When class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.  He asked his students if the jar was full and they agreed it was.  He then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.  He shook the jar lightly and the pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.  He asked the students again if the jar was full and they said "Yes."  Next, the professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.  Of course, the sand filled in the spaces between the golf balls and pebbles and he asked the students once more if the jar was full and his students responded with a unanimous "Yes!"  The professor then poured two cups of coffee into the jar and 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, children, health, friends, favorite passions; if everything else was lost and only these remained, your life would still be full.  The pebbles are the other 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, there is no room for the pebbles or 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 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 asked what the coffee represented.  The professor smiled and said, "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."

Blogging is my coffee.  I always make time for blogging!

Thank you for sharing a cup with me.  I'm looking forward to 2012 and wish you all the happiness in the world!

This is your last chance to leave a comment and be entered to win my December blog giveaway ~ this little picnic basket full of goodies.  I'll draw the winner on 13/31 ~ good luck!


Paula Parrish said...

Hey Cindy,
I so enjoy following your blog and getting to know you better. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year.
Smiles, Paula

Colleen said...

I just found your blog for the first time and wanted to thank you for the story of the "Golf balls, pebbles..." It is wonderful and I had never heard it before. Cannot wait to share it with my husband! Cute blog, thank you for sharing.

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Oh that's a great story! Great pic of you, too! ☺

I use the bread, cake, icing anology. You're the icing on my cake and you make my life sweeter! ♥

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

I'm glad you blog, this is such a happy place! Please enter me in your giveaway, I must of missed it somehow?

Jingle said...

Awww! That is a fun story! Thanks for sharing that! I know I have enjoyed getting to know you since I found your blog! It's a fun one!

Sherry from Alabama said...

I enjoyed your post. I need to set myself up a blogging schedule like you've done, otherwise I don't get around to it.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!
Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

My Vintage Mending said...

Cindy what a great story...happy to be the coffee with you. Thanks for sharing a cup...Smiles...Renee

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Happy New Year Cindy! We've enjoyed getting to know you this year, and love coming over for a cup of laughter! I've heard this story before....but it didn't have the coffee part in it ~ love it!
Here's to 2012 & more laughs!

Jess said...

Great story! Never heard that one, but what a great way to put it. So glad that you spend Tuesday and Thursday with us.

Missy said...

I love your blog. I don't have a schedule for mine, I just blog whenever I feel like I have something worth sharing! LOL

donna said...

Cindy what a GREAT post. Thank you so much for being you.
Happy New Year.

donna said...

Cindy what a GREAT post. Thank you so much for being you.
Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

Awesome post! Happy New Year to you, my sweet friend!

Susy said...

Hello Cindy, I thank the good wishes,
reciprocate in heart, and
I wish you a magical 2012.
a hug
Susy x

chrisartist said...

Happy New Year Cindy.

cindy said...

Thanks for stopping by.
Wishing you a happy new year!


Terry said...

Howdy Cindy
Wishing you blessings of joy for 2012 ! Thank you for sharing this post with us ,I for one needed to remember the order of things .
Until next time
Happy Trails

Anonymous said...

Well Cindy....
I did enjoy reading this mayo story...and I fully agree with the lesson. Thanks so much for sharing this!

also....I was thinking of making some camera keep your eyes peeled, fyi.

thanks so much for your visit....I'm having my coffee right now...and reading your blog! it is such a great combination! especially in the early morning hours...when all of my golf balls are still sleeping!

ciao bella

Creative Carmelina

Fancy Vintage said...

Happy New year to you, Loved reading this post, thanks for visiting me, sorry I've been so rubbish this year leaving messages. But as your gorgeous blog says, I put my 3 little boys first and husband. You are so right in the priority list! A friend of mine lost her 5 year old a few months ago and I can't stop hugging my kids and have put everything on hold for a little bit. Also lost my lovely sister in law too this summer so bit of a boo year, But am so glad to discover your blog and remember what comes first. Love your give away, bit gutted I missed that one! looks so cute. Take care and have a lovely 2012,
love Becca x

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