07 October 2012

Thanksgiving: A Reflection

Today I spent some time hopping around the city with my older brother in search of the perfect gift. Before heading back to the burbs to help set the table for Thanksgiving dinner, I took a moment to reflect on what I have to be thankful for, and it turns out I can't even begin to explain how many wonderful things I have going for me in my life. 

If I were to pick the three most important, I'd have to say I'm thankful for my wonderfully supportive family and friends, my health, and the incredible opportunities I've been presented with in the past year.  I'm really excited about the future; I feel as though the doors are opening up for me, but at the same time, I have no idea which door I will walk through. The future remains a mystery, but a suspenseful and intriguing feeling comes with it. 

I'm going to post a short e-mail I recieved last week from a close friend of mine. It's called The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee. 

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. 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. 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"

H&M Pullover 
Zara Blouse
Zara Pants
orYANY Purse
Hush Puppies Auddie Wedge Booties
Tiffany & Co. Rings
Pandora + This & That Bracelets

Wishing my Canadian readers the happiest Thanksgiving!




  1. I love this entry! Certainly the analogy about the mayo jar is soooo true. Love life to the fullest and come have coffee with me!
    your fairy godmother

  2. I love these pictures, KMA! Your fairy godmother is right about living life to the fullest.

    I'm really enjoying your blog entries. Well done!