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The Mayonnaise Jar & The Cup Of Coffee 

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. He picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if they believed 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 spaces between the golf balls. He then again asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. 

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled up every crevice between the pebbles. He once again asked if the jar was full. The students responded with a hearty and infamous “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 spaces between the sand. The students laughed. As the laughter subsided the professor said; “I want you to recognize that the jar represents your life”.

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