Vermont Butcher Block

March 10, 2009

March is here and so was my brother’s and father’s birthdays.  Happy Birthday to both!  

As a business owner, I get a ton of spam and useless e-mails every single day on both of my e-mail accounts.  I usually just delete spam and be done with it, but my brother Michael forwarded me this e-mail that I thought was worth sharing.  Michael’s sense of humor is unique, and I can never be sure what exactly is going to be in the e-mail, so I have to open it when the kids aren’t in the room (if you know what I mean.)  I enjoy his forwards, smile at them, then delete them.  BUT FINALLY, he forwarded me an e-mail that I really liked and felt the need and to post here.   This is a story that makes you think about the things you have, and about the priorities you make in life.  Each of us can only hope to be blessed with family, children and a whole bunch of other stuff that doesn’t really matter too much.
Here’s the story Michael sent me.

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Beers
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 an 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.

OK, sit back in your chair, think about your priorities, and reflect for a minute.  Ok, when you're done, please don't forget to check out our new utensils that we've put up for sale in our online store, we have the new 15" slotted spoon along with matching spaghetti forks, rolling pins, meat tenderizers, and potato mashers.  All pieces will eventually be in Maple, Walnut and Cherry!  We are also coming out with a new line of cherry/slate trivets and walnut/slate trivets!  They are in the Trivet section of our site!

Until next post, TTFN, David

Written by David Glickman — May 03, 2012