The Mayonnaise Jar
(When things in your life seem almost too
much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not
enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and 2
cups of coffee.)
A professor stood before his philosophy class
and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, wordlessly, he 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 stu-
dents responded with a unanimous ¡®yes.¡¯
The professor then produced two cups of cof-
fee from under the table and poured the entire
contents into the jar, effectively filling the
empty space between the sand. The students
¡°Now,¡± said the professor, as the laughter
subsided, ¡°I want you to recognize that this jar
represents your life. The golf balls are the im-
portant things, family, children, health, friends,
and favorite passions. Things that if everything
else was lost and only they remained, your life
would still be full.¡±
¡°The pebbles are the other things that mat-
ter like your job, house, and car. The sand is
everything else, the small stuff.¡±
¡°If you put the sand into the jar first,¡± he con-
tinued, ¡°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.¡±
¡°So...,¡± he continued, ¡°Pay attention to the
things that are critical to your happiness. Play
with your children. Take time to get medical
The Reading Room
Pg 5 - The Sunshine Express
Treasures From The Inbox
There¡¯s a lovely little legend
that I would like to tell,
of the birth and death of Jesus,
found in this lowly shell.
If you¡¯ll examine closely,
you¡¯ll see that you find here,
four nail holes and a fifth one,
made by a Roman¡¯s spear.
On one side is the Easter lily,
its center is the star,
that appeared unto the shepherds
and led them from afar.
The Christmas Poinsettia
etched on the other side,
reminds us of His birthday,
our happy Christmas tide.
Now break the center open,
and here you will release,
the five white doves awaiting,
to spread Good Will and Peace.
This simple little symbol,
Christ left for you and me,
to help us spread His Gospel,
through all Eternity.
If you get email, you
get stuff. Sometimes
it is spam, sometimes
it is a true gem.
Here is one of those
gems worth sharing:
Legend of the Sand Dollar
souvenir, state map, or some
information on Colorado.
PS, my awesome teacher,
Mrs. Newlin, would appreci-
ate it if you could send her a
car license plate for a school
project (if possible).
I appreciate your time. Thank
Mrs. Newlin¡¯s S.S. class
Harlan Intermediate School
1401 19th St.
Harlan, IA 51537
I¡¯m a Colorado author, coun-
selor, and soon-to-be foster
mom. Last week, I released
a picture book about foster
care for children age 3-7 and
it has 60 Amazon reviews and
The 1st edition is for sale on
My goal with the book is to
raise awareness for foster
kids. Over 20,000 children age
out of foster care each year
without ever being re-unified
with family OR adopted.
Spending your 18th birthday
in a homeless shelter is obvi-
ously not a great way to be
introduced to adulthood.
Even before kids age out,
there are always more kids
than foster homes. And sadly,
many kids get shuffled around
From The Mailbox
Hello! My name is Jameson B. I am a fifth
grader in Harlan, Iowa. We are studying the
United States history and geography.
I would appreciate it if you could send me a
between emergency placements and group homes
(i.e. orphanages) for much of their time in foster
care, simply because of the lack of families. Many
parts of Colorado (esp. the Denver metro area)
are severely short on foster families right now.
As part of the book release, I have also started a
¡®Circle Orphans with Love 2015¡¯ campaign. For the
campaign, featured here: annegarboczievans.
with-love.html , I¡¯m encouraging people to
share Colorado¡¯s public photolisting (heart gallery)
link of waiting children, with their social media
connections. My goal is to find families for these
waiting children through increased social media
exposure for the photolistings. Thanks for
sincerely, Anne Garboczi Evans
checkups. Take your partner out to dinner.
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 in-
quired 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.¡±