COUPLE OF COFFE
One day, a philosophy professor comes to class with a few boxes. When the lesson begins, he puts a large jar of mayonnaise in one of the boxes, without saying anything, to the center of the lectern and after filling the inside with ping pong balls, he asks the students if the jar is full or not.
They agreed that it was.
So, the professor then picks up the pebbles from one of the boxes in front of him and starts to put it in the jar and shake the jar each time. Thus the pebbles slide in the mayonnaise and fill the gaps between the ping pong balls. After that, he asks his students if the jar is full.
They say, “Yes, it’s full.”
This time, the professor takes the other box on the table and slowly pours the sand into the jar. Of course sand also fills the gaps between the pebbles. The professor asks his students again if the jar is full or not.
Students like as chorus “Yes, it filled” they say.
This time, the professor takes two cups of coffee waiting under the table and empties it into the jar. Coffee fills the spaces between the sands.
The professor says, “Yes,” by supporting the students’ smile. “I tried to express that this jar symbolizes your life. These ping-pong balls represent what you care about in your life: your family, your children, your health, your friends, and other things that are important to you. These important things remain and fills your life even if you lose other things.”
“Pebbles are other things that are less important: Your work, your home, your car … Sand is the other little thing. If you fill sand in the jar first, there is not enough place for the pebbles and especially the ping pone balls. If you spend all your time and energy on small stuff, waste time, there will be no time for important things. ”
“Pay attention to the things that are important to your happiness. Play with your children. Take care of your health. Eat with your partner. Meet your home needs. First put the ping pone balls into the jar. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
When the professor’s speech is over, a student asks curiously: “Well, what is that two cups of coffee?”
“I’ve been waiting for this question. No matter how full your life is, there is always room for a couple of cups of coffee with your friends and loved ones!”