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    Posted: Sep/11/2008 at 6:34am
Just thought I would start something today.  For all of us who remember exactly where and what we were doing when the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks happened. 
 
Hug someone you love and remember what is important. 
 
 
 
 
Something my Mom sent me thought I would share:
 
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.'
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  Quote BRUIZZA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/11/2008 at 7:36am
I like that story.
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  Quote EMoney Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/11/2008 at 8:29am
good stuff nfinit. that's really true.
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  Quote snowydays14 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/11/2008 at 8:47am
That's an awesome story! And so very true........
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  Quote tm12881 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/11/2008 at 9:15am
Nice story. The story always gives me the energy when I read it. But I like the beer version better though. The professor filled the jar with 2 bottles of beer and said there's always room and time for your beer. hahaha
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  Quote esy.iam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/11/2008 at 10:05am
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  Quote The English Butler Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/11/2008 at 11:18am
Excellent story...gotta say I prefer tm12881's ending tho  LOL
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to be honest, i really feel like america overreacts about 9-11 way, way too much.  this happened to us ONCE, but thats an every day thing for a lot of countries, and a lot of it is US doing it to them.  think about that.

but were too stuck up thinking were the best to realize that.

but, if you were personally affected, like if you had a loved one die or know someone who got hurt, or any sort of relation.. then good vibes to you, because that sucks.
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  Quote klutzycurtis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/11/2008 at 12:36pm
yeah, like the second ending...

good info though

we can all learn something from that
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  Quote esy.iam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/11/2008 at 12:54pm
Originally posted by spenser

to be honest, i really feel like america overreacts about 9-11 way, way too much.  this happened to us ONCE, but thats an every day thing for a lot of countries, and a lot of it is US doing it to them.  think about that.

but were too stuck up thinking were the best to realize that.

but, if you were personally affected, like if you had a loved one die or know someone who got hurt, or any sort of relation.. then good vibes to you, because that sucks.


i agree, but i think it's less about 9/11 and more about just understanding, appreciating, and prioritizing one's life better. we put 9/11 on a huge and untouchable pedestal that a story such as this warrants it to be spread more often than any other day, but that's just how the US works. selfish, egotistical, and ignorant bunch we are. Big%20smile
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Originally posted by spenser

to be honest, i really feel like america overreacts about 9-11 way, way too much.  this happened to us ONCE, but thats an every day thing for a lot of countries, and a lot of it is US doing it to them.  think about that.
 

2,998 innocent civilians being slaughtered by an act of terrorism is not “an every day thing for a lot of countries.”

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i was referring to the act its self.. bombing, kamikaze-style things, etc.

but youre right, that number of deaths in one act is not usual.  although, when you put them all together, the US alone probably easily kills at least that many in a month.

but i dont really know what im talking about cause im not there, so..
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  Quote bsimon2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/11/2008 at 1:31pm
Originally posted by spenser

i was referring to the act its self.. bombing, kamikaze-style things, etc.

but youre right, that number of deaths in one act is not usual.  although, when you put them all together, the US alone probably easily kills at least that many in a month.

but i dont really know what im talking about cause im not there, so..
 
Yeah.  Remind yourself of that.
 

This isn’t General Sherman’s march to the sea.  We’re not burning villages and killing anything that moves as we fight insurgents in Iraq (I’m guessing that Iraq is the focus of your criticism).  We’re not haphazardly killing thousands of innocent civilians.  In fact, we’re not even killing insurgents that rapidly and recklessly.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2007-09-26-insurgents_N.htm

 

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  Quote bsimon2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/11/2008 at 1:33pm

But I digress…This isn’t a debate thread.

 

September 11, 2001 is a day I will never forget.  I pray daily that we never have to experience something like that in this country ever again.

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  Quote K8sgotgame Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/11/2008 at 1:54pm
Originally posted by spenser

to be honest, i really feel like america overreacts about 9-11 way, way too much.  this happened to us ONCE, but thats an every day thing for a lot of countries, and a lot of it is US doing it to them.  think about that.

but were too stuck up thinking were the best to realize that.

but, if you were personally affected, like if you had a loved one die or know someone who got hurt, or any sort of relation.. then good vibes to you, because that sucks.


For some of us EC'ers who know many lost, it's certainly a difficult day each year. 

My thoughts are with all lost and all those who lost family and friends that day.
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  Quote spenser Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/11/2008 at 2:04pm
yeah, thats why i put the other side of my opinion so people know im not just some "america is stupid, get over it" guy.

its a really terrible thing to happen, and its scary.  even all the way across the country, i remember when i woke up that morning for school and it was all over tv.  its surreal living in a country that seems so far from the wars where we pretty much live care free, and then we get attacked like that.  it was like watching us bombing in the middle east after that happened live on tv.. hard to really grasp the fact that its REAL.  we were watching a war, live.
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  Quote )(nfinit)( Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/11/2008 at 2:19pm
the purpose of starting this thread today wasn't to provoke criticism of how our country is egotistical or self centered.  It was to point focus to what is truly important in our lives and be grateful for what we have.  Please don't turn this into a debate (I know that was a quick tangent and has digressed).

Truly today is very hard for some, there are many on these forums that were directly affected by the events that were not so long ago.  Please do not belittle that impact.

With that said...have you all called those who are important to you?  I know I have/will as I take way too many things for granted these days.  Smile
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It was a rant about poseurs but really doesn't do any good to rant so i decided to delete it..
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I just sat down for two hours on the history channel and went the play by play thing

Now I feel patriotic

and that we should bomb the middle east some more
(sorry, thats how I FEEL)

And kinda like
"this is America, and if you don't like it, then you can get out"
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That's an awesome story!
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I've actually heard that somewhere, but I forgot about it. I really like it a lot, thanks for sharing it man.
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That story is truly inspiring. So many people take the little things for granted, like having a cup of coffee with a friend. Live life to the fullest and don't sweat the small stuff.
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of all the topics to bring back from the dead.  This one is good!  Thanks for reminding me.
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Thanks Twink I could use that reminder every so often.
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