When life seems to be too much to handle, just remember two things. " A jar and two cups of coffee." A professor stood in front of his philosophy class, with some materials in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty jar. The professor started filling up the jar with golfballs. Once it was filled up he asked his students, if the jar was full. The students agreed that it was. So, the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into open spaces in between the golfballs. The professor again asked the students if the jar was full. The students agreed that it was.. The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Ofcourse the sand filled up everything else. The professor once more asked if the jar was full. The students responsed with an unanimous "yes". The professor then produced two cups of coffee and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the space between the grains of sand. The students laughed.. "Now" said the professor, as the laughter subsided, " I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golfballs are the important things; Your family, your children, friends, health and greatest passions, thing that if everything else was lsot and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles represent 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 golfballs. The same goes for life. If you spend all 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 partner out for dinner. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. 'Take care of the golfballs 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 am glad that you asked" It just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there is always time and space for a couple cups of coffee with a friend'.