The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

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 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. 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 coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, "I'm glad you asked."

The coffee just shows 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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Drive carefully

This morning when I was on my way to work. As usual, I took the route that has less traffic and straight. I drove with normal speed in the beginning and slowly increased the speed. As the road was quiet, my car moved faster and faster.
When I noticed a car coming out from a junction, I tried to slow down my car. I stepped on the break. Immediately the car swung and turned 180 degree, then stopped with the head turned to the opposite direction. I was terrified. A few seconds later only I could continue my journey to work. I nearly involved in a car accident, I might be injured or killed in my car.

I might miss my love one, my family, friends and colleagues.

Please drive carefully. Na mo Amitabha.
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Change is always constant

Beginning of Jan 2008, I switched April to May's baby sitter's place. Initially I was worried that April might not accept it. After some persuasion and encouragement, she has get used to the change. She is now playing well, eating well and pooing well at the May's baby sitter's place.
Only that the babysitter has to bare with two very small children's noise, fight and routine.

I am pretty happy with this arrangement, as both my children are staying closely to one another. I have accomplished one major task in the beginning of the year.

Besides this change, I have also enrolled April in 2 English classes, 2 Mandarin classes and 1 Art class. Although she is four, I haven't really started her with nursery. She is already occupied with these classes. I shall wait until she is really ready in terms of physically and mentally.
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Bubble Play

How we spent our holidays? We had our family day at park. I watched my children having fun with bubbles. Bubble play is a very good out door activity.

As it could,

- Exercise the lung when blowing the bubbles

- Running around to catch bubble is another type of exercise

- Getting more fresh air from the park

- Laugh and play together to strenghten the bonding with siblings and as well as
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New Year 2008 Resolution

More patience towards my daughters.
(Means less scolding, less yelling, less punishing, less lecturing, and more understanding and more nurturing.)

More tender towards my hubb.
(Means less nagging, less arguing, and more loving, kisses and hugs.)

More peace of mind for myself.
(Means less worrying, and more sleep, exercise, rest and relax.)
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