Reflective thought...for busy cattle people!!

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Well-known member
Jan 10, 2007
Some of you may have seen this one, but it means alot to me!!  We all get to running too fast sometimes and we need to be reminded of what is important!!

When things in your lives 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 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 and everything else; 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
        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.  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 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."

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Well-known member
Jan 28, 2007
Just got in from AI'ing cows....don't feel to great about it, didn't seem too successful. But after reading this, I decided that all is well and the sun will rise tomorrow! Thanks Cowz, I needed that! (clapping) (clapping)