Wednesday, October 20, 2010

We're all busy...

I always get so those silly "pass along" emails.  Some are cute pictures, some are funny jokes, some require you to pass along to 10 friends within 10 minutes or else your crush will not ask you out...  You know the ones I'm talking about.  I bet you can count on one hand how many of these messages you not only read from beginning to end, but then also felt compelled to pass along.  A few years ago I got one of these messages that was actually really good.  So good I made a project out of it.  The message, called "The Golf Balls of Life", went like this:

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 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 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.

I made mini versions of these jars for some important gals in my world.  The materials I used were glass jars (from Hobby Lobby), river rocks of all sizes (also from Hobby Lobby), and craft sand (again from Hobby Lobby).  I opted to not add any liquid, you still get the idea without it.  I followed the order of assembly that the professor did and the end result looks like this:

I attached a pretty print out of the message with a pretty ribbon and placed it in a gift bag.  Easy as that!
I'm a big fan of a meaningful, heartfelt gift and I think this fits the bill. 

Disclaimer: This post does not constitute a "kitchen pass" for you to go out drinkin' beer tonight...  You are on your own with that!


  1. LOVE this Becky!! <3 I agree -- I'm a huge fan of meaningful gifts and this one fits the bill perfectly!

  2. I love it did you print out the whole thing or just half...